Skip to comments.German beer giants accused of price-fixing
Posted on 03/23/2013 11:51:02 PM PDT by Olog-hai
Competition regulators are investigating more than a dozen large German breweries suspected of illegally fixing prices on popular beers such as Jever, Becks, Warsteiner and Erdinger, it emerged over the weekend.
German breweries could face hundreds of millions in fines if found guilty of illegal price-fixing, in what is said to be the biggest-ever cartel investigation of the industry, wrote Focus magazine on Friday.
A probe by the Federal Cartel Office into the German beer giants, which together account for half of the German beer industry market share, is already in its final stages, a spokesman said on Friday.
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Guess they know where to find cabbage!
I slay myself...another day...
Sounds like a good name for a Conservative publication.
I had a German friend who turned me on to Jever Pils while I was over there. Best darn beer I’ve ever had. Never saw it on this side of the pond. Been 27 years since I had a glass of that ambrosia.
Perhaps gouging the natives has proven more lucrative than exporting the product.
Why my local imported beer pusher can get Radeburger but not Jever (both are controlled by the Oetker group) has puzzled me, but perhaps I'm the only guy in the try-state area with enough ostfreislandische DNA to handle the dryness/hop bitterness, and therefore the only one who was buying it.
Just bought a few cases of Jever at 10.99. That’s about 50 cents per half liter bottle. How much cheaper do they think it should be? I don’t feel cheated.
Germans are obsessed with beer purity and regulation, with terrible fines for violating the law, or shorting customers by over-foaming the beer, for example.
I remember one guy, convicted of shorting beer at Oktoberfest, got something like a 1m DM fine.
I would not be surprised if a lot of beer company executives ended up in prison over this.
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