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It’s now an all-out struggle between PepsiCothe American large of carbonated drinks and snacks, e Carrefour, the most important European grocery store chain. The American group, which produces the Pepsi-Colahistoric competitor of Coca Colahas introduced that it’ll cease supplying its merchandise to the continental shops of the transalpine group.

The conflict over Pepsi-Cola

The struggle turned public data on Thursday, when Carrefour stated it could cease promoting cola and crisps Lay’sDoritos, Cheetos, and cereal Quaker Oats and different PepsiCo merchandise in France, Italia, Spain e Belgium. Carrefour had displayed controversial indicators on the cabinets, stating that it could now not market the manufacturers as a consequence of unacceptable value will increase. Now PepsiCo’s response from which we additionally study the origin of the conflict: the 2 events had not reached a value settlement on a brand new product contract. Second Callum Elliottanalyst at Bernstein, Carrefour shops in these 4 international locations signify about 0.25% of PepsiCo’s international income.

War of declarations, inflation and protectionism

“Unfortunately, Carrefour mischaracterized the chain of events,” a PepsiCo spokesperson stated this morning. «Given the failure to agree on a brand new contract, we stopped provides to Carrefour on the finish of the yr, one thing they knew may occur. We hope to have the ability to agree phrases quickly in order that our merchandise can return to cabinets to be loved by shoppers.” The French responded immediately: “We within the Carrefour group have made this determination”, implying that it does not come from PepsiCo as the Americans would have us believe.

PepsiCo and Carrefour have been in talks for several months over new price lists as the French government has pressured suppliers to come to agreements with retailers on lower prices. L’food price inflation in France rose to double digits in 2022 and reached almost the 16% in March 2023.

Clash between France and multinationals

Last August, the French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire had revealed that Unilever, Nestlé e PepsiCo herself were not cooperating in a broad deal her ministry had struck with retailers and manufacturers to freeze or cut prices on thousands of products. Le Maire had said that the government would force food producers to start annual price negotiations with large-scale retail trade months earlier than usual, with the aim of starting cuts in January with the lowered prices. Carrefour itself, again since last summer, had publicly called out suppliers and increased pressure on them to lower prices. Then the CEO of Carrefour, Alexandre Bompardhad blamed the suppliers for the price surge: “The actuality is that these firms have refused to renegotiate costs, regardless of the drop in inflation and regardless of strain from the authorities.”