The German Competition Authority issues a statement of objections against a dominant retailer for abusive practices against economically dependent suppliers on the market for sales of sparkling wine (EDEKA)

Statement of objections issued against EDEKA for use of "wedding rebates" after Plus takeover - Bundeskartellamt considers demands on suppliers as abusive* Bonn, 26 July 2013: According to the Bundeskartellamt's preliminary assessment, EDEKA Zentrale AG & Co.KG, Hamburg, has violated the so-called "Anzapfverbot" which prohibits a retailer from inducing its suppliers to grant it certain benefits without any objective justification. The prohibition applies to retailers which are dominant buyers on the market or (as in the present case) on which the suppliers are at least dependent for the sale of their goods. Andreas Mundt, President of the Bundeskartellamt: "After its takeover of the Plus stores in 2009, EDEKA demanded so-called "wedding rebates" from dependent suppliers. We

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German Competition Authority, The German Competition Authority issues a statement of objections against a dominant retailer for abusive practices against economically dependent suppliers on the market for sales of sparkling wine (EDEKA), 26 July 2013, e-Competitions Buyer power in agreements and abuse of market power, Art. N° 59600

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