The French Competition Authority fines 12 manufacturers for cartel in the ham and cold meat sector (Charcuterie cartel)

The Autorité hands out fines worth 93 million euros to a cartel in the ham and cold meats (charcuterie) sector* The manufactures involved (“cold meat manufacturers”) worked in concert in order to purchase cuts of ham from slaughterhouses at lower prices and/or were fixing the price increases for the cold meat products they intended to charge mass-market retailers for their branded products or “economy products”. In brief The Autorité de la concurrence today issues a decision in which it fines a cartel involving 12 companies operating in the ham and cold meats sector. Cold meat manufacturers were coordinating with each other with a view to showing a united front at their negotiations with slaughterhouses in order to counter any requests to increase the price of the raw material or even

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French Competition Authority, The French Competition Authority fines 12 manufacturers for cartel in the ham and cold meat sector (Charcuterie cartel), 16 juillet 2020, e-Competitions July 2020, Art. N° 95837

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