Coke accused of restrictive practice

THE Competition Tribunal will hear a complaint lodged by Rukanani Distributors against Coca-Cola Fortune, the bottling and distribution company of beverages manufactured by the Coca-Cola Company.

THE Competition Tribunal will hear a complaint lodged by Rukanani Distributors against Coca-Cola Fortune, the bottling and distribution company of beverages manufactured by the Coca-Cola Company.

In a statement yesterday the Tribunal said the hearing would take place from May 10 until May 14.

Rukanani has accused Coca-Cola of actions amounting to a restrictive vertical practice in contravention of the Competition Act.

Rukanani has also alleged that Coca-Cola was involved in minimum resale price maintenance, or vertical price-fixing.

The matter was referred to the Competition Commission on January 28 2008.

The commission investigated the complaint and decided not to refer Rukanani's complaint to the tribunal.

Rukanani referred the complaint directly to the tribunal on February 20 2009. - Sapa

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