EU: Fresh Del Monte latest in "banana cartel" probe
Fresh Del Monte Produce has confirmed it has received a "statement of objections" from the European Commission concerning the investigation of banana pricing in the EU.
All four have now received "statements of objections" - a procedural document in which the Commission communicates its preliminary view in relation to a possible infringement of EU competition law. The statement allows the addressee to present arguments in response.
"The company will continue to fully cooperate with the investigation, will carefully analyse the statement of objections as well as the Commission's file, and will timely respond to the preliminary findings in the statement of objections," Del Monte said.
Only yesterday (26 July) Dole Food Co insisted it had not broken EU competition laws after becoming the third banana importer to face charges over running an alleged cartel.
Earlier this week, Chiquita told just-food that two years ago, the company discovered a number of its employees had shared information on the price and volume of its bananas in Europe.
A Chiquita spokesman said the company "promptly" stopped the misconduct and voluntarily notified the Commission.
Irish fruit distributor Fyffes received its list of charges from the European Commission on 25 July.
Fyffes said it would examine the Commission's "preliminary findings" and respond in "due course".
The CFO of Fresh Del Monte Produce is to leave after nearly 32 years with the company, it was announced today (14 January)....
US-based Del Monte Foods has named Nils Lommerin as chief operating officer....
Canned food producer CanGro Foods is looking to axe two processing plants in Ontario, Canada....
Del Monte Foods today (14 December) appointed a former Dole Foods executive to its board of directors....
Chiquita Brands International has ended a dispute with one of its key banana suppliers in Panama....
New World Pasta Co., the US-based dry pasta and noodles group, has promoted marketing chief Peter Smith to the position of CEO....
The EU has carried out raids at a number of unnamed exotic fruit producers and importers as part of a probe into alleged price-fixing....
Fresh Del Monte has appointed business consultant Dr. Elias Hebeka as director ahead of a possible election to the company's board....
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