CMA tight-lipped on catering equipment investigation

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is still debating whether to proceed with an investigation into anti-competitive practices in the catering equipment market.

The authority had estimated that a decision would be made in January but with the end of the month rapidly approaching, the case’s team leader, Carissa Baker, would only tell Catering Insight that the information would be made available “shortly”. She would not be drawn on further details or a prospective timeline.

The investigation was opened last August with a remit to examine suspected breaches of competition law in the commercial catering equipment sector.

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The initial steps involved information gathering, including meeting and issuing information requests to parties under investigation.

CMA’s web page for the investigation still states: “This case is at an early stage and the CMA has not reached a view as to whether there is sufficient evidence of an infringement of competition law for it to issue a statement of objections to any of the parties under investigation. Not all cases result in the CMA issuing a statement of objections.”

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