Case update: Fines proceedings concluded upon withdrawal of appeals by two companies from the Nestlé group
In the cartel proceedings against manufacturers of consumer goods, Nestlé Deutschland AG has withdrawn its appeal against the Bundeskartellamt's fining decision (date of withdrawal: December 2016). All fines imposed by the Bundeskartellamt in the case are now final and the proceedings are concluded. Between 2011 and 2013, the Bundeskartellamt had imposed fines totalling approximately EUR 57 million against four companies on account of their participation in an illegal exchange of information.
In the cartel proceedings against manufacturers of confectionery products, the fining decisions against the "four party" discussion group are now final as well. Nestlé Kaffee und Schokoladen GmbH also withdrew its appeal in December 2016. In 2012 and 2013, the Bundeskartellamt had imposed fines amounting to approximately EUR 22 million against three companies from the discussion group for having engaged in price agreements and illegal exchange of information.