Germany's largest grocer Edeka and the beverage giant Coca-Cola have settled their dispute that has been smoldering for months. "We have reached an agreement with the Edeka central trading company that adequately takes into account the interests of both parties," said a Coca-Cola spokeswoman on Friday.
Orders from Edeka would be accepted again immediately, and the first deliveries would then take place at the beginning of the coming week. The retail giant also confirmed the agreement. Neither side gave any details. The “Lebensmittel Zeitung” had previously reported on it.
The dispute between Edeka and Coca-Cola was sparked by an early price increase by the US group on September 1st. Edeka did not want to accept the price increase, so Coca-Cola stopped supplying the retail giant.
The dispute even occupied the courts at times. Edeka first obtained an injunction against the beverage company's delivery stop before the Hamburg Regional Court. At the end of September, however, the regional court lifted the temporary injunction. After that, the lemonade company stopped supplying the Edeka Group and many Edeka customers searched in vain for Coca-Cola, Fanta and Co.
According to information from the “Lebensmittel Zeitung”, large parts of the food trade have now accepted the price increase from Coca-Cola and passed it on to customers in the form of higher shelf prices.
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