In this issue:
As Mark Katz, the Guest Editor for this issue, states: “Perhaps more than ever, tensions between suppliers and retailers have become the defining feature of the grocery industry worldwide. These tensions have also frequently formed the basis for interventions by competition enforcement authorities in this sector.” We’re looking at some of those interventions, including merger analysis and cartel enforcement in various territories as well as such specific issues as Canadian concern about “country pricing,” the U.K.’s sector-specific Code of Practice, concentration issues in New Zealand and Australia, and Israel’s attempt to lower food prices through competition law. Ample food for thought.
Competition and the Grocery Sector
If the â€œcountry pricingâ€ proposal is adopted, one by-product may be to affect the relative flexibility now afforded suppliers under Canada’s price maintenance provision. Mark Katz & Erika Douglas (Davies Ward)
U.S. antitrust focus is particularly stringent when mergers enhance the pricing power of large companies in situations where that power balance is already disparate. Logan Breed & Wesley Carson (Hogan Lovells)