The Competition Tribunal has confirmed a settlement agreement entered into between Rhodes Food Group (Rhodes Food) and the Competition Commission in terms of which Rhodes Food agreed to pay ZAR 1.2 million for colluding with its competitor Langeberg & Ashton Foods in specific export markets (for the supply of canned and processed fruit). Langeberg & Ashton Foods applied for and was awarded leniency for the contravention; while Rhodes Foods failed to do so as it did not consider that export collusion fell within the jurisdiction of the South African Competition Act, which only applies to "all economic activity within, or having an effect within, the Republic ". This is the first export cartel (with no effect within South Africa) found by local authorities to have contravened the South African Competition Act. The finding is likely to have significant implications for any other export cartels.
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Agribusiness, food & beverage: first finding by local authorities against SA company for export collusion
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