The Belgian Competition Authority fines the country’s largest yeast producer for resale price maintenance and abuse of dominance (Algist Bruggeman)

I. The Parties Algist Bruggeman NV (‘Algist’) is the largest supplier of yeast products in Belgium. [1] Algist markets itself as a producer of high quality yeast products with a corresponding price positioning. II. The Facts In January 2013, the BCA opened an ex officio investigation after an informal complaint. In June 2013, dawn raids were carried out at the premises of Algist and one of its distributors. On the basis of the evidence collected, the BCA concluded that Algist had unlawfully secured its price positioning by implementing various cohesive practices and consequently infringed Belgian and EU competition law. According to the BCA, Algist’s core strategy between 2008 and 2013 was to impose minimum resale prices upon its distributors, which subsequently led to the elimination

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Simon Troch, Emmelien Rientjes, The Belgian Competition Authority fines the country’s largest yeast producer for resale price maintenance and abuse of dominance (Algist Bruggeman), 22 March 2017, e-Competitions Bulletin March 2017, Art. N° 84450

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