Previously in June 2014, the EC fined 3 producers of canned mushrooms € 32 million in cartel settlement. Lutèce, Prochamp and Bonduelle exchanged confidential information on tenders, set minimum prices, agreed on volume targets and allocated customers from September 2010 until February 2012. The anti-competitive agreement took place within the European Economic Area.
In May 2015, the European Commission (“EC”) sent a statement of objections to Riberebro and its subsidiary for a possible participation in the canned mushrooms cartel. Although a statement of objections does not prejudice the outcome of the investigation, Riberebro and its subsidiaries are suspected to have participated in the cartel by allocating customers and coordinating prices of canned mushrooms.