The French Competition Authority holds key provisions of the wholesale dealers network in line with competition law (Pomona / Creno)

The wholesale trade sector in fruits and vegetables and, to a lesser extent, in seafood products is characterized by a large number of operators (1150) working on the whole French territory. It has an annual turnover of about 5, 1 billion euros. These operators supply with fresh products the private or public collective restoration which needs solid firms of national size in order to have daily supply of constant quality and, if possible, in a competitive environment. As a solution to their requirements, these wholesalers have constituted two networks (Creno and Hexagros) capable of competing in terms of offer with the only industry of the country in this sector (Pomona). Pomona did not approve the organization and the functioning of these networks and considered it had to denounce

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Jean-Paul Montenot, Tatiana Apostoliuc, The French Competition Authority holds key provisions of the wholesale dealers network in line with competition law (Pomona / Creno), 15 février 2011, e-Competitions February 2011, Art. N° 35159

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