Zenith CC&P Current Awareness

​European Commission opens investigation into alleged collusion among supermarkets

5 November 2019

Prof. Suzanne Rab

Zenith's Suzanne Rab writes:

The European Commission has launched an investigation into whether French grocery chains Casino Guichard-Perrachon (Casino) and Les Mousquetaires (Intermarche) have colluded in breach of Article 101 TFEU.

The investigation follows dawn raids of the companies by the Commission in 2017 and 2019. 

Casino and Intermarche are two of the largest chains of grocery retailers in France.  For the past five years they operated a joint venture alliance for the procurement of their branded products.

The Commission’s investigation was prompted by concerns that the parties went beyond the purpose of the joint venture and strayed into coordination of their pricing policies and distribution networks.

Joint procurement alliances are increasingly common across the EU grocery sector. The case may well yield useful insights for the assessment of similar practices in other EU markets.

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