Was there collusion behind I&J and Karan Beef meating?
Competition Commission alleges much skulduggery
I&J’s collusion case at the Competition Tribunal is edging closer to finalisation after the food manufacturer and the Competition Commission made their closing arguments this week. The commission has alleged that I&J and Karan Beef colluded between 2000 and 2015.
I&J and Karan found themselves entwined in 2000 when I&J could no longer produce processed beef products following the sale of its Springs processing plant to McCain. Around the same time, Karan wanted out of retail because it was struggling to get its beef burger patties to market.
So the two companies sealed a manufacturing agreement in June 2000 that saw Karan manufacture I&J and Karan brands. According to the commission, this agreement precluded Karan from selling into the food service market...