The Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) on November 17, 2015, ordered a stay on the proceedings against chocolate manufacturers, Nestlé Canada Inc. and Robert Leonidas (Former President of Nestle Canada), after the Canadian Competition Bureau referred the matter for investigation into price- fixing in the chocolate and confectionary products industry.
In 2007, the Informant, Cadbury Adams Canada Inc. provided information of alleged price-fixing. In June 2013, criminal charges were levied against three companies, Nestlé Canada Inc., Mars Canada Inc. and ITWAL Limited and their senior executives. These charges were of criminal conspiracy under the Canadian Competition Act for fixing the price of chocolate confectionery products in Canada between 2002 and 2008. A stay of proceedings against Mars Canada and ITWAL Ltd. was already given on September 8, 2015 by the PPSC.
(Source: Canadian Competition BureauPress Release dated: November 18, 2015.)