The Swiss Competition Commission (COMCO) has opened an investigation in the fragrance sector. There are suspicions that producers have colluded.
COMCO has indications that several undertakings active in the production of fragrances have violated cartel law. There are suspicions that these undertakings have coordinated their pricing policy, prohibited their competitors from supplying certain customers and limited the production of certain fragrances. Fragrances are used in the manufacture of many products, including in particular cosmetics, personal care products, detergents and cleaning products. The undertakings involved in the investigation are Firmenich International SA (Geneva), Givaudan SA (Geneva), International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (USA) et Symrise AG (Germany).
Dawn raids were conducted at various locations. These were carried out in consultation with other competition authorities, namely the European Commission, the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division and the UK Competition and Markets Authority.
In the course of the investigation, it will be examined whether there are indeed restrictions of competition prohibited by cartel law. The presumption of innocence applies to the undertakings.