The Italian Regional Administrative Court of Lazio upholds fine for abuse of dominance in the ice-cream market through rebates and exclusivity clauses (Unilever / Distribuzione Gelati)

The AGCM fined Unilever Italia Mkt Operations Srl (“Unilever”), which belongs to the Unilever Group and is active in the production and distribution of ice cream, food and home and personal care products, EUR 60.669 million for infringing Article 102 TFEU by putting in place exclusivity clauses and other incentive mechanisms aimed at maintaining exclusivity of supply with its customers. [1] The preliminary investigation was based on a complaint by La Bomba, a small Italian producer of fruit lollies, which accused Unilever of preventing local retailers from selling its lollies. The AGCM found that the relevant market was the (upstream) Italian market for the production and distribution of individually wrapped impulse-buy ice cream (excluding the catering sector). The AGCM found that

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Andrea Usai, The Italian Regional Administrative Court of Lazio upholds fine for abuse of dominance in the ice-cream market through rebates and exclusivity clauses (Unilever / Distribuzione Gelati), 31 May 2018, e-Competitions Bulletin May 2018, Art. N° 90581

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