Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority.
Anticompetitive agreements and abuse of dominant position in the dog food market: The Conseil de la concurrence fines Royal Canin and distribution network a total of 5,000,000 Euros.* Following a referral from the Minister of Economy regarding practices by the company Royal Canin and its distribution network, the Conseil de la concurrence has penalized Royal Canin for abusing its dominant position in the market for the sale of dry dog food in specialist stores, and for having instigated a series of anticompetitive vertical agreements with the members of its distribution network. The anticompetitive practices observed concern solely the specialist distribution network, including wholesalers, cash and carries and retailers, and affect both intra-brand and inter-brand competition.
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