GVH starts probe of restaurants, brewers for suspected non-compliance

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Hungary's Competition Office (GVH) on Thursday said it launched a probe of fast-food restaurants KFC and Burger King, as well as of brewers Dreher, Borsodi, and Heineken, for suspected failure to comply with new rules that aim to squeeze out exclusive drinks contracts, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

Catering industry establishments had until August 1, 2021 to comply with recently approved legislation requiring them to stock beer, soft drinks, juice, and mineral water from at least two suppliers. The law also caps orders from a single supplier at 80% of purchases.

GVH said it suspects KFC and Burger King still offer drinks only from a single supplier, and it believes Dreher, Borsodi, and Heineken, three of Hungary's biggest brewers, may have continued to supply products to catering establishments under exclusive contracts.

The authority noted that the launch of the probe does not imply any violation of the law.

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