Wiseman price controls

By FWi staff

Price controls are to be introduced on Robert Wiseman Dairies following an investigation by competition watchdogs into anti-competitive practices.

The investigation surrounded the supply of milk to Scotlands so-called middle-ground retailers – small independent grocers and corner shops.

Dairies run by Wiseman, Grahams, Ballantynes and Scottish Milk were subject to inquiry.

On Monday (25 June), the OFT confirmed that written notice has been given to Wiseman proposing to limit prices the company can charge for milk in Scotland.

This will prevent Wiseman, which has an 85% share of Scotlands milk market, selling milk in the Highlands for less than it charges middle-ground customers elsewhere in Scotland.

This action by the OFT, will prevent “serious, irreparable damage” to Express Dairies and its subsidiary company Claymore Dairies, based in the Highland town of Nairn.

Wiseman has until 9 July, 2001 to respond to the OFT.

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