Articles

ANTITRUST ISSUES IN THE LARGE-SCALE FOOD DISTRIBUTION SECTOR


Abstract


In light of the slow modernization of the Italian large-scale food distribution sector, of the fragmentation at national level, of the significant roles of the cooperatives at local level and of the alliances between food retail chains, the ICA during the recent years has developed a strong interest in this sector.
After having analyzed the peculiarities of the Italian large-scale food distribution sector, this article shows the recent approach taken by the ICA toward the main antitrust issues in this sector.
In the analysis of such issues, mainly the contractual relations between the GDO retailers and their suppliers, the introduction of Article 62 of Law no. 27 dated 24th March 2012 is crucial, because, by facilitating and encouraging complaints by the interested parties, it should allow the developing of normal competitive dynamics within the food distribution sector, where companies should be free to enter the market using the tools at their disposal, without undue restrictions.


Keywords


Antitrust; Large Scale Distribution; Italian Competition Authority, Alliances of food retail chains; Abuse of dominant position; Merger control

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NBN: http://nbn.depositolegale.it/urn%3Anbn%3Ait%3Aagcm-15191

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12870/iar-11055

References






Rivista Italiana Antitrust / Italian Antitrust Review
ISSN: 2284-3272

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