The French Competition Authority fines several producers and wholesale distributors of liquid fertilizers for resale price maintenance (Canna France / GHE / Bertels / Biobizz / Hydro Factory / Hydro Logistique and CIS)

The Autorité hands down fines for anticompetitive practices to several producers and wholesale distributors of liquid fertilisers.* Why are vertical pricing agreements forbidden in competition law? Competition law generally forbids horizontal (between competitors) and vertical agreements (between suppliers and distributors) which aim to fix prices. Competition rules indeed aim to preserve price setting mechanisms through competition between market players, which ensures an efficient competition that brings numerous benefits. Real competition fosters a drive for higher quality and diversity of products for a given price (a pursuit that does not necessarily take

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French Competition Authority, The French Competition Authority fines several producers and wholesale distributors of liquid fertilizers for resale price maintenance (Canna France / GHE / Bertels / Biobizz / Hydro Factory / Hydro Logistique and CIS), 20 December 2018, e-Competitions Bulletin January 2019, Art. N° 88745

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