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US FTC Probes Pepsi, Coca-Cola Over Price Discrimination - Politico

By Dave Simpson

Beverage giants Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo Inc are under preliminary investigation by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over potential price discrimination in the soft drink market, Politico has reported, citing sources.

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The pricing strategies of both companies are being scrutinised under the Robinson-Patman Act, the report said.

The US antitrust law prevents large franchises and chains from engaging in price discrimination against small businesses.

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The FTC reached out to large retailers, including Walmart Inc, for at least a month seeking data and other information on how they purchase and price soft drinks, two of the sources told Politico. Walmart is currently not a target in the investigation, according to the report.

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The FTC declined to comment, while Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Walmart did not respond to Reuters' requests for comment.

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