The German trade press is reporting that European buying alliance AgeCore is preparing to bundle the annual supplier negotiations of its members - Edeka, Intermarché, Coop, Conad, Eroski and Colruyt – into a single process. Lebensmittel Zeitung claims that several major suppliers are considering legal action on the grounds that this may constitute cartel-type activity. AgeCore is considered one of the most difficult groups to deal with among all the European buying groups and relations between the body and manufacturers appear set to deteriorate even further should this change to negotiations transpire.

Source: Lebensmittel Zeitung