German online takeaway food company Delivery Hero and its Spanish business Glovo were raided by European Union antitrust regulators, the companies said on Wednesday, putting them at risk of hefty fines.
The European Commission said earlier that online food and grocery delivery companies in two EU countries had been raided over concerns they may be in a cartel, but did not name the companies involved or the countries.
“The investigation concerns an alleged agreement or concerted practice to share national markets for the online ordering and delivery of food, groceries and other consumer goods in the European Union,” the EU antitrust agency said in a statement.
Delivery Hero said the inspection did not mean the Commission, which acts as the antitrust enforcer in the 27-country bloc, had concluded there had been an actual infringement of competition law.
The company, which said the raids took place at its Berlin office, said it was committed to cooperating fully with the Commission.
Spanish food delivery app Glovo, in which Delivery Hero recently acquired a 94% stake, confirmed the raids and said it was cooperating with the EU agency.
Its Barcelona headquarters were raided last week, Glovo said in an emailed response to a Reuters’ query, without providing further details of the operation.
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