Consumable goods: suspected anti-competitive conduct

An investigation into a suspected breach of competition law relating to loyalty-inducing practices in the supply of consumable goods under Chapter II CA98 and Article 102 TFEU.

Case timetable

Date Action
June 2017 (estimate) Decision on whether to proceed with the investigation or to close the investigation
February to May 2017 (estimate) Initial investigation: information gathering, including issue of formal or informal information requests and parties’ responses
16 February 2017 Investigation opened


  • The investigation is under Chapter II of the Competition Act 1998 (CA98) and Article 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).
  • Changes to the timing of original entries in the case timetable will be made where the estimated timing in the original timetable changes.
  • 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 the party under investigation. Not all cases result in the CMA issuing a statement of objections.
  • As a result, it would not be appropriate at present to include any further estimates of the timing of any later investigative steps at this stage.


Senior Responsible Officer

Michael Grenfell (020 3738 6134,

Project Director

Bethan Watts (020 3738 6564,

Assistant Project Director

Paul Dean (020 3738 6693,

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