The German Competition Authority assesses vertical and horizontal price fixing in cartel proceedings focusing on the food sector (Aldi / Edeka / Kaufland / Metro / REWE / Haribo / Ritter)

In June 2015, the German Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) has concluded most of its long going proceedings against manufacturers and retailers in the food sector for illegally fixing the retail prices of branded products. The FCO imposed total fines of EUR 151.6million on both manufacturers and retailers, underlining its strict view towards vertical restraints of com-petition. As these are the first vertical price fixing cases – falling short of hub & spoke car-tels – in which the FCO expressly granted full immunity from fines for cooperation, their rel-evance is not limited to the food sector but extends to the sale of all types of branded goods. 1. Facts and Decision The so-called “vertical cartel” proceedings were triggered by information gathered by the FCO in the horizontal coffee

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Christoph Krüger, The German Competition Authority assesses vertical and horizontal price fixing in cartel proceedings focusing on the food sector (Aldi / Edeka / Kaufland / Metro / REWE / Haribo / Ritter), 16 June 2015, e-Competitions Bulletin June 2015, Art. N° 76452

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