The Spanish National Competition Authority imposes fines to eight wine cellars for their participation in a cartel concerning sherry wine and also condemns the Regulating Council of the name of origin of sherry wine for its role as a facilitator (Vinos Finos de Jerez)

Introduction The Spanish National Competition Authority imposed a 10% turnover fine on Sherry wine producers for establishing coordinated conducts that restricted the wine offer as well as for price fixing. At a first stage, only the Regulating Council of the Name of Origin of Sherry Wine was investigated its participation in 2006 and 2007. This proceeding encouraged two of the participating Wine Cellars, to file for a leniency programme while disclosing all the relevant information. This second proceeding opened an entire new investigation covering a wide range of activities that dated back to 2001. Indeed, 10 wine cellars, one association of wine cellars, and the Regulating Council were involved in the unearthed cartel. Background of the Case The action was set in motion at the

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Andrea Mackielo, The Spanish National Competition Authority imposes fines to eight wine cellars for their participation in a cartel concerning sherry wine and also condemns the Regulating Council of the name of origin of sherry wine for its role as a facilitator (Vinos Finos de Jerez), 28 July 2010, e-Competitions July 2010, Art. N° 33220

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