The Attorney General of Canada has decided to suspend charges of price fixing in the chocolate sold in this country by the subsidiary of the American group Mars, while maintaining its action against Nestlé Canada, said Thursday the competition authorities.
Similar charges against the Canadian distributor ITWAL, its president David Glenn Stevens and the former president of Nestlé confectionery sector, Sandra Martinez, were also suspended, said the Canadian Competition Bureau.
By contrast, Nestlé Canada and its former president, Robert Leonidas, “are still being prosecuted,” he said. They face a fine of 10 million Canadian dollars and five years in prison.
The charges were filed in June 2013 following a survey of nearly five years from the Competition Bureau.
The Competition Bureau suspected the Swiss giant American group Mars and Hershey and the Canadian distributor ITWAL of colluding secretly to fraudulently negotiate rates chocolate confectionery they sell.
By June 2013, the Canadian subsidiary of Hershey pleaded guilty to criminal charges’ pricing chocolate confectionery products in Canada. ” She finally received a fine of $ 4 million after the intervention of the gendarme of competition had pleaded “clemency” for Hershey because of its cooperation during the investigation.
The alleged fraud was spread from 2002 to 2008 and involved brands such as Kit Kat, Twix, Snickers, Bounty and M & Ms.