In its 2018 annual report, the Directorate General for Competition, Consumption and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) points to the price pressures exerted by Leclerc and Intermarché distributors on their suppliers.
Even before the adoption and application of the Food Act in early 2019, the Directorate-General for Competition, Consumption and the Suppression of Frauds seized the subject of the price war and the destruction of value. In its 2018 report, the authority pointed the finger at the practices of distributors who put a deflationary pressure on manufacturers and producers. In the viewfinder of the DGCCRF, Leclerc and Intermarché.
If the latter is attacked on their operation promoting Nutella conducted in January 2018, Leclerc is accused of adopting a deflationary policy on all products.
A practice that is not without consequences for the retail giant. The DGCCRF has indeed requested their cancellation and the conviction of the group to a civil fine of 25 million euros and restitution of 83 million euros to suppliers.