Agriculture / Agri-food

Alsace wines: three professional organisations sanctioned for anticompetitive practices


Following evidence and documents sent by the French Directorate General for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF), the Autorité sanctioned two trade associations, the Alsace Winegrowers Association (l’Association des Viticulteurs d’Alsace, AVA) and the Producers and Merchants Group for the Alsace Wine-Growing Region (le Groupement des Producteurs Négociants du Vignoble Alsacien, GPNVA), as well as an interprofessional organisation, the Interprofessional Council for Alsace Wines (le Conseil interprofessionnel des Vins d’Alsace, CIVA), for fixing the price of grapes.           
CIVA is also sanctioned for having drawn up and disseminated tariff recommendations on bulk wine.

In total, the Autorité imposed a 376,000 fine.

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