Jerónimo Martins Hits Out At UOKiK Fine Over Alleged 'Abuse Of Power'
Portuguese retailer Jerónimo Martins has said that it plans to challenge a decision by the Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) to fine its Polish operation, over the alleged abuse of bargaining power.
On Monday, UOKiK announced it would be imposing a fine of PLN 723 million (€162.8 million) on Jerónimo Martins Polska, which operates the Biedronka chain, alleging that the business 'unfairly earned money at the expense of food suppliers', chiefly fruit and vegetable suppliers.
UOKiK claims that suppliers were left in the dark as to what they would earn from particular deliveries, 'because at any time, the owner of Biedronka could demand a reduction in remuneration'.
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