Get more Mail & Guardian
Subscribe or Login

Milk industry’s price-fixing case goes a-whey

A price-fixing case against Clover, Ladismith Cheese, Nestlé and Parmalat has been withdrawn, the Competition Commission said on Wednesday.

“The Competition Commission has withdrawn its case against … the remaining respondents in its long-running prosecution of the milk processors that started in December 2006,” it said in a statement.

“This prosecution related to, among other allegations, price-fixing conduct.”

Clover had applied for leniency for some of the allegations.

The decision to withdraw the case followed a Supreme Court of Appeal ruling in September 2010 upholding objections by Woodlands Dairy and Milkwood Dairy to the commission’s investigation.

“The appeal court ruled that the commission’s initiation of an investigation into anti-competitive conduct in the milk industry was unlawful because it did not specify allegations faced by each firm and was not based on a reasonable suspicion that all firms in the industry were engaged in such conduct.”

The commission said the case related to conduct that existed until at least 2006.

“Dynamics in the milk market have changed since the investigation and referral of this case to the tribunal,” the commission said.

The commission said it had put together a team to see if there were any current competition concerns in the industry. — Sapa

Vote for an informed choice

We’re dropping the paywall this week so that everyone can access all our stories for free, and get the information they need in the run up to the local government elections. For the latest updates and political analysis, sign up to our daily elections newsletter.

If our coverage helps inform your decision, cast your vote for an informed public and join our subscriber community. Right now, a full year’s access is just R510, half the usual cost. Subscribers get access to all our best journalism, subscriber-only newsletters, events and a weekly cryptic crossword.

Related stories


Already a subscriber? Sign in here


Latest stories

Mkhwebane to forge ahead with blocking Mabuyane’s judicial review

The Eastern Cape premier has been granted a temporary reprieve from the public protector’s remedial action, but the fight is far from over

Nongoma NFP candidate the latest victim of KwaZulu-Natal’s killing fields

National Freedom Party candidates in the Zululand town have gone into hiding amid fears that they will be targeted next

Khaya Koko: Katlehong is Mzwandile Masina’s ‘Animal Farm’

The Ekurhuleni mayor’s family home and the Katlehong section in which it is situated are spared the debilitating five-hour blackouts from powerless Eskom

Police were told to stop using shotguns before Julies murder

In both Marikana and the 2014 Brits protests, the police claimed ignorance about the use of banned birdshot ammunition

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…