Once Again, The Leniency Procedure Has Brought To Light A Compote Cartel But The Initial Sanction Has Been Drastically Reduced

Published date28 November 2022
Subject MatterAntitrust/Competition Law, Antitrust, EU Competition , Cartels, Monopolies
Law FirmBird & Bird
AuthorMs Claire Burlin

The case started in January 2014 with a leniency application by Coroos, a Dutch fruit and vegetable manufacturer. The Coroos group benefited from a total fine exemption under the leniency procedure for its cooperation during the investigation. The same cannot be said for the other participants in this French national dimension cartel that lasted from October 2010 to January 2014. In October 2022, the Paris Court of Appeal confirmed the conviction of the main French compote manufacturers for price fixing and market sharing, but drastically reduced the initial sanction by almost half.

The French Competition Authority's decision (decision No 19-D-24, December 17th 2019)

Following the leniency application and dawn raids, the French Competition Authority found that between October 2010 and January 2014, the cartel members decided to set up a comprehensive plan to increase the selling prices of compotes to retailers, to agree on a common discourse justifying these price increases, and finally, to share out the volumes and customers. The investigation revealed that the cartel covered a very large share of the markets. The French...

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