Stephen Byers accepts undertakings from Birds Eye Wall's

United Kingdom

On 16th February, Stephen Byers announced that he had accepted interim undertakings from Birds Eye Wall's Ltd following the Competition Commission monopoly report on the supply of impulse ice cream which was published on 28th January 2000.

The undertakings require Birds Eye Wall's to supply wrapped impulse ice-cream to independent wholesalers on terms which include a discount of not less than 22.5% (in addition to any bonus or discount which it may give to a retailer direct). They also prohibit Birds Eve Wall's from refusing to supply any other independent wholesaler it has supplied within the last two years, from unreasonably refusing to supply any other independent wholesaler and from offering retailers financial inducements based on their choice of wholesaler.

(DTI Press Release P/2000/85)