On January 24, 2007, the Belgian Competition Council refused to impose interim measures on Inbev NV, Belgium’s leading beer producer. Inbev provides its on-trade customers with free beer glasses, specifically designed for its beers. In early 2006, Inbev decided to replace the existing glasses with new, larger glasses, allegedly without consulting its on-trade customers. In the action for interim measures, the pub owners claimed that they had sustained economic losses as a result of Inbev’s switch to larger glasses and requested that the previous glasses be returned within 72 hours. The Belgian Competition Council held that there was insufficient evidence to conclude that Inbev’s decision constituted abusive behavior or that the requested interim measures were necessary to safeguard competition.
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