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German coffee roasters and price rigging

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The German Cartel Office has, again, fined a few of the biggest German coffee roasters to a total of 30,000,000 Euros because of price rigging. Among the fined are

  • Tchibo
  • J.J. Darboven
  • Melitta
  • Kraft Foods
  • Seeberger
  • Westhoff
  • Lavazza, Germany
  • Segafredo Zanetti, Germany

The roaster Dallmayr went without fine because of self-denunciation.

Source: Financial Times Deutschland

…rather gives the term “Frühstückskartell” (“breakfast cartel”, literally) a second meaning.

Background: Firms that agree with each other, either formally or informally, to sell goods to a certain price, consequently undermining the free market are guilty of “price rigging”, an illegal operation in Germany.

Written by theinversecook

9 June 2010 at 16:14

Posted in food

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  1. Does that mean that Dallmayr ‘spilled the beans’?

    What are you baking Nils? Miss eating your bread with my eyes and I suspect lots of other people do too :)

    Joanna @ Zeb Bakes

    12 June 2010 at 11:15

    • :-D

      Haven’t been as productive as you lately. Today’s baking day though: baguettes with pate fermentee after the recipe from J. Hamelman. If the weather is not too dim, I’ll post pics. I have a new idea for steaming and will try it out.

      Many people seem to bake from J. Hamelman’s book at the moment. Is there a new edition / printing out?

      theinversecook

      12 June 2010 at 16:09

      • “I have a new idea for steaming and will try it out.”

        Well, that didn’t work. Brushing the baguettes with water in the first 3 minutes of baking rapidly reduces surface tension and leads to rather flat looking sticks (that are still edible though).

        theinversecook

        13 June 2010 at 01:18

  2. No new edition that I am aware of. Just a couple of baking groups got going earlier this year. One based on the Fresh Loaf, the other Mellow Bakers. Like a book club where people read the same book and talk about it, only these groups bake the same breads and blog/chat etc. So you are probably picking up on the wave of that going on on people’s blogs and here and there. Btw there is an errata sheet for Bread, from JH, as there have been so many printings, which I presume you have by now? I’m making elderflower cordial this weekend and for the first and maybe last time some very bright and lurid Battenberg cake :)

    Joanna @ Zeb Bakes

    13 June 2010 at 03:50

    • Sounds like good summer fare. I’m making a strawberry tart from a bunch of very large strawberries (bordering on gigantism this year).

      theinversecook

      13 June 2010 at 15:19

  3. Unbelivable. What would life be without coffee ;)

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