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Convictions for suppliers of fertilizers and liquid fertilizers

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The Autorité de la concurrence condemns the marketing of liquid fertilizers dedicated to domestic and above-ground cultivation.

Following a public decision of the December 20, Canna France, Plagron Biobizz GHE, Indoor Culture and IndoorGardens are sentenced to heavy fines. The purpose of their maneuver was to boost the margins of resellers, wholesalers, and stores via a vertical price agreement from 2010 ...

The field of liquid fertilizers well known to cannabis, undermined by administrative sanctions

The Competition Authority has condemned the well-known cannabis companies Canna, Bertels (Plagron), Biobizz, GHE, CIS (Indoor Culture) and Hydro Factory (Indoorgardens) for vertical price agreements between 2010 and 2013.

According to the competition authority, these companies have "caused damage to the economy", setting the prices (to the public) of their products. In addition, the precise period varies according to the companies concerned.

This vertical price agreement between manufacturers and stores, did not go unnoticed by authorities and consumers ... Following these multiple convictions, surveillance measures were put in place against what represents in France 55% of the market for fertilizers and liquid fertilizers ...

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Reduction of the fine for the most fragile companies

However, the authorities have calculated levels of financial penalties, taking into account the financial difficulties of some companies; as Hydro Factory / Hydro Logistics (IndoorGardens Power Plant). The initial fine was over 200 000 €, and they got a reduction of more than 99% ...

The penalties imposed

The passionate group Hortinews conducted the survey of manufacturers and stores. As an example the manufacturer like Canna France has been fined 152 000 €. In addition, Culture Indoor (CIS) announces off and already appeal, against a fine to 107 000 €. In all, the penalties with these manufacturers, resellers and wholesalers amount to 355 000 €.

This public decision 20 December 2018 creates a lot of rumors, most unfounded. But, for the French consumer, it will benefit very soon from competitive prices. And, according to the administrative procedure in this kind of case ...

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