Sector: Consumer & retail

The recent detergents cases in Europe involving Henkel, Proctor & Gamble and Unilever, show that if you want to avoid blowing your chances of immunity, you need to get your strategy set from the start....

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Once Kellogg’s pops it can’t stop!

May 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

After announcing in February that it would acquire potato chip business Pringles for US$2.7 billion, Kellogg’s received clearance for its acquisition by the European Commission. The sale not only adds Pringles to the Kellogg’s store cupboard,...

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On 17 February 2012, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) called for submissions on a draft nutrition, health and related claims Standard. It is intended that the new standard would regulate voluntary statements made by...

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The ongoing investigation into the global automotive parts cartel is considered to be the largest in history. At this stage the regulators investing the alleged cartel conduct include the US’ Department of Justice (DoJ), the...

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On 21 March 2012, the ACCC announced that it would not oppose the proposed acquisition by Visy of the PET and plastic assets of HP.  The ACCC formed the view that the proposed acquisition was...

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Instant noodlers in hot water

April 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Korean Fair Trade Commission has fined four major noodle manufacturers 135.4 billion won (approximately AUD115 million) for fixing the prices of instant noodles.  The KFTC found that the four companies (who hold a combined...

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French regulator redresses salad cartel

April 1, 2012 | 1 Comments

France’s Competition Authority (the Autorité de la Concurrence), has fined 11 French endive growers and several of their professional bodies 3.6 million euros (approximately AUD4.8 million) for taking part in a price-fixing cartel.  The Authority...

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On 23 February 2012, Justice Middleton of the Federal Court fined Hooker Meats Pty Ltd $50,000 for engaging in misleading or deceptive conduct.  The Court found that Hooker Meats misled consumers when it claimed that...

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On 13 January 2012, Mega Brands (“Mega”) filed an antitrust action against its competitor, Lego, in the Los Angeles federal district court, alleging anticompetitive behaviour in the construction toys market. Mega’s action makes a number...

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Third-line forcing occurs when a supplier agrees to supply its goods/services to a customer on condition that the customer acquires goods/services of a particular type from an unrelated third person specified by the supplier.  This constitutes a...

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