Experts disbelieving in the scheme

News 21 December, 2017
  • Matthew Charest

    Wednesday, 20 December 2017 23:07

    Wednesday, 20 December 2017 23:07

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    Experts don’t understand how the ploy: Loblaw and Weston on the fixing of prices of bakery products packaged has been able to last nearly 15 years.

    “Weston and Loblaw were in a position to influence the market and they are doing,” says the dean of the Faculty of management at Dalhousie University, in Nova Scotia, Sylvain Charlebois.

    “But it is hard to believe that nobody was aware of nothing for such a long time. “

    It is also difficult to understand how the trickery could take place, according to the director of community relations for the faculty of agriculture and environment at McGill University, Pascal Thériault.

    “It would have concerned only a few individuals “, he recalls.

    “It is an assumption, but the question that remains, which is why it lasted so long. The other brands would have had to see an increase in their sales, or people would have bought other products than those affected. “

    Other companies

    The investigation by the competition Bureau of Canada also extends to five other companies, according to the statements under oath of an officer of the judicial police of the competition that The Journal has been consulted. It is Canada Bread, Metro, Giant Tiger, Sobeys, and Walmart.

    In the course of the day Wednesday, Sobeys has attacked directly Loblaw and Weston, mentioning that even if they had recognised errors of the part of their employees, ” their accusations of price fixing across the industry have not been validated and are irresponsible “.


    The retailer Metro and the manufacturer, Canada Bread, did not want to comment further. They only say that they cooperate with the authorities, and that they operate with the highest standards of quality.

    For its part, Giant Tiger has indicated that it has no reason to believe that any of its employees participated in the scheme.

    We do not have any reaction on the part of Walmart.