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Chocolate price fixing in Canada alleged
加拿大出现巧克力价格垄断

By CHARMAINE NORONHA, Associated Press Writer 5 minutes ago

TORONTO - Newly released court documents allege that the Canadian divisions of Nestle, Mars, Hershey and others teamed up in a price-fixing scheme in the multibillion-dollar Canadian chocolate bar market.

  多伦多--最新发表的法院文件称加拿大的雀巢,玛氏,赫胥等其它公司联手在加拿大巧克力市场进行垄断。

Court documents in the case, unsealed by an Ottawa judge Friday, allege that senior executives at Hershey Canada Inc., Mars Canada Inc. and Nestle Canada Inc. met secretly in coffee shops, restaurants and at industry conventions to set prices.

  在周五由渥太华一名法官公开的这一案的法院文件中称赫胥加拿大分公司,玛氏加拿大分公司,和雀巢加拿大分公司的高管秘密在咖啡店、餐馆会面,及在行业会议上见面以为巧克力定价。

The allegations are contained in two search warrants granted last month to Canada's federal Competition Bureau as part of an investigation into the chocolate industry. The warrants authorized officials to seize thousands of corporate documents and computer files from Hershey, Mars, Nestle and ITWAL Ltd., a major food distributor. No charges have been filed.

The documents allege the chief executive of Nestle Canada handed envelopes stuffed with pricing information to a competitor, instructing the person not to be seen picking up the material in his office. ITWAL's president also allegedly sent regular updates to participants.

  这些言论出现在上个月由加拿大联邦竞争局颁布的两份举办对巧克力行业调查的搜查令中。搜索令授权官员能从赫胥,玛氏和另一主要食品分销商ITWAL 那里获得公司文件和电脑文件。 还没有指控提出。

  这些文档称雀巢加拿大分公司的首席执行官把塞满定价信息的信封交给竞争者,并让某个人在办公室区这些资料的时候不要被人发现。ITWAL公司的总裁同样据说定期会给巧克力公司发送最新价格。

Representatives of Canada's Hershey, Cadbury and Nestle confirmed to The Associated Press on Nov. 28 that the companies were served papers and were cooperating with the investigation. Officials from the chocolate companies could not be reached for comment Saturday.

  加拿大赫胥,吉百利和雀巢分公司的代表们在11月28日向美联社证实有人给他们文件,并在配合这次调查。周六,还未能从这些巧克力公司的官员获得联络。

The alleged collusion is reported to have begun in February, 2002, and continued until a few weeks ago.

  被声称的”勾结“据说是始于2002年2月,并一直持续到数州之前。

In the United States, Nestle USA and Mars Inc. said this week they will cooperate with a separate Justice Department inquiry into the pricing practices of several chocolate makers in the U.S.

  在美国,雀巢和玛氏美国分公司称将于本周配合一只独立司法部调查小组对美国一些巧克力制造商的价格行为进行调查。

Alice Nathanson, a spokeswoman for Mars Inc., said the company has been contacted by the department's antitrust division "regarding their inquiry concerning pricing practices in the U.S." She said the company will cooperate if the department initiates a formal investigation.

  玛氏公司女发言人Alice Nathanson称吗是公司一只就接到司法部反垄断分部有关“公司在美国定价行为调查”事宜的联系。她说如果司法部启动正式调查后玛氏公司将会给予配合。

Mars makes Snickers, Twix, M&Ms and other candies, as well as pet food.

Laurie McDonald, a spokeswoman for Nestle USA, said the company "is aware of a preliminary investigation" and will cooperate fully. Nestle USA has not yet received any requests for documents, she said.

  玛氏公司的产品有:巧克力棒,Twix, M&M以及其它名称的糖果,另外还有宠物食品。

  雀巢美国分公司女发言人Laurie McDonald称自己的公司“意识到这次初步调查”,并会完全地给与配合。她称目前公司还没有被要求提供任何文件。

Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail reported Saturday that the Competition Bureau alleges that the collusion in Canada was initially coordinated by ITWAL. According to the court documents, ITWAL worked with the chocolate companies to force retailers to stop cutting prices for chocolate bars. Stores that didn't comply were cut off, the documents alleged.

Canadians buy about $2.3 billion worth of chocolate and candy every year, according to the Confectionery Manufacturers Association of Canada.

  加拿大报纸《环球邮报》周六的报道是加拿大竞争局称这次在加拿大出现的“价格勾结”最初的协调方是ITWAL公司。根据法律文档,ITWAL公司和各家巧克力公司一起迫使零售商对巧克力棒削价。

  根据文件称,那些不照办的商店将会被剔除。根据加拿大糖果商联盟的统计,每年加拿大人购买价值23亿美元的巧克力。


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Post time 2007-12-23 22:49:12 |Display all floors
The concept of "price fixing" is different from 垄断.

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Post time 2007-12-24 11:58:13 |Display all floors
How about "价格控制" or else?

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Post time 2007-12-24 12:32:55 |Display all floors
Originally posted by hly_123 at 2007-12-23 11:58 PM
How about "价格控制" or else?

意思应该可以,但又跟另一个概念——price control 混起来了。

网上查到另一种译法:价格操纵。

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Post time 2007-12-24 13:16:08 |Display all floors
Thanks again. I think another choice can be "联合起来商定价格"

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Post time 2007-12-24 13:21:23 |Display all floors
Originally posted by hly_123 at 2007-12-24 01:16 AM
Thanks again. I think another choice can be "联合起来商定价格"

就是这个意思,但不够简洁。

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Post time 2007-12-24 13:22:21 |Display all floors
Originally posted by hly_123 at 2007-12-2X 01:1Y AM
Thanks again. I think another choice can be "联合起来商定价格"

就是这个意思,但不够简洁。

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