The Spanish Competition Authority fines a beer producer for fixing minimum resale prices to its distributors (Damm Distribuciones)

On 18 February 2009, the Spanish Competition Commission (Comisión Nacional de la Competencia, “CNC”) fined Damm Distribuciones (“Damm”) €525,000 for fixing minimum resale prices to its beer distributors [1] . Background Damm is one of the top three beer producers in Spain, distributing its products through a network of distributors using a standard distribution agreement. Until 2001, Damm's distribution agreement included a clause fixing a resale price. Damm would consider distributors who did not apply the fixed price to be breaching their contract, in this way justifying termination of the contract and excluding a distributor from its distribution network. In 2001, Damm modified its distribution agreements, replacing this clause with a maximum recommended price. The new version

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Alina Nedea, Albert Pereda Miquel, The Spanish Competition Authority fines a beer producer for fixing minimum resale prices to its distributors (Damm Distribuciones), 19 février 2009, e-Competitions February 2009, Art. N° 27327

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