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Participating in a canned vegetables cartel

European Commission fines Conserve Italia €20 million for breaching EU antitrust rules

The European Commission has fined Conserve Italia Soc. Coop. Agricola and its subsidiary Conserves France S.A. (together ‘Conserve Italia’) a total of € 20 mln for breaching EU antitrust rules. The Commission ruled that, for more than 13 years, Conserve Italia participated with other market participants in a cartel for the supply of certain types of canned vegetables to retailers and/or food service companies in the European Economic Area.

In September 2019, the Commission adopted a settlement decision against Bonduelle, Coroos and Groupe CECAB for participating in the same cartel.

Conserve Italia decided not to settle this case with the Commission, unlike the three other participants. As a result, the Commission’s investigation against Conserve Italia continued under the standard cartel procedure.


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