It seems that the cartels are not a usual method only in the market of our country. Everywhere in the world there are agreements simply by winking to benefit of someone. But in free market competition, there are some rules.
Regulations that were never met by five German breweries according to the German Competition Commission (Federal Cartel Office), which discovered, following charges, that a conspiracy had been set up in order to increase the price of beer between 2006-2008. For this reason the commission will impose fines greater than €100million to the Bitburger Braugruppe, Krombacher Brauerei, Veltins, Warsteiner and Privatbrauerei Ernst Barre as well as several other suspects involved with the breweries. The investigation began when the German subsidiary of the global beer giant Anheuser-Busch InbevSA gave information on the price cartel. The brewers have right to appeal.
Investigations are ongoing at two further brewery groups and four regional breweries in North Rhine- Westphalia.
Andreas Mundt, President of the Federal Cartel Office, noted that, as a result of our investigations we were able to prove the existence of price-fixing agreements between breweries; most of which were based purely on personal and telephone contacts.“The price increases of €5.00 – €7.00 per hectolitre for draught beer in 2006 and 2008 were agreed on this basis. In 2008 a price increase was agreed for bottled beer with the intention of making the 20 bottle crates €1.00 more expensive.
Source: Market Watch
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