Italian Food Distributors Face Antitrust Probe

Law360, New York (November 8, 2010, 4:17 PM EST) -- Italy's antitrust regulator has launched an investigation into large-scale organized food distribution in the country, focusing on the contractual dynamics of the increasingly concentrated industry.

The Italian Antitrust Authority said Saturday it would examine the degree of competition between companies involved in large-scale food distribution to mass retailers.

The modernization of the Italian retail industry has led to increased market concentration and has persuaded some businesses to pool certain activities through associations, central purchasing processes and other mechanisms, the watchdog said, noting that those changes —...
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