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Tetra Pak fined 667 million RMB for abuse of market dominance

(People's Daily Online)    15:33, November 17, 2016

On Nov. 16, China’s State Administration of Industry and Commerce (SAIC) announced that it would penalize Tetra Pak Corporation with a fine of over 667 million RMB for the company's abuse of its dominant market position. The announcement was made on the official SAIC website.

From 2009 to 2013, Tetra Pak tied the mandatory purchase of packaging materials to orders for equipment and services. Additionally, Tetra Pak prevented suppliers from providing raw materials to its competitors by guarding relevant technical information. Tetra Pak also implemented retroactive sales discounts and targeted purchasing discounts, impeding fair competition.

According to SAIC’s investigation, Tetra Pak dominated the market in the Chinese mainland in terms of packaging equipment, technical services and materials during this period. SAIC therefore affirmed that Tetra Pak violated China’s anti-trust law.

Established in 1951, Tetra Pak is a multinational food packaging and processing corporation registered in Sweden. The company offers packaging and processing for dairy products including cheese and ice cream, beverages and prepared foods. Tetra Pak has four subsidiary companies in the Chinese mainland. 

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