Representatives from the Danish Competition Authority paid an unannounced visit to Arla Foods’ head office in Viby, Denmark, on Tuesday.
The reason for the Competition Authority’s visit was to investigate whether Arla Foods has been guilty of restrictive trade practices in the Danish market for dairy products.
John Bak, Chairman of Hirtshals Co-operative Dairy in Northern Jutland told the Danish newspaper, Berlingske Tidende, that the dairy has lodged a complaint in which Hirtshals Dairy accuses Arla of offering artificially low prices to the Danish multiple, Dansk Supermarked.
“We cannot prove it, but that’s the way it looks,” Bak said.
Arla Foods is co-operating fully with the Competition Authority.
“For many years, Arla Foods has trained its staff in competition issues,” explained Head of Group Communications, Astrid Gade Nielsen. “I find it hard to imagine that we should have any problems with the regulations.”