The EU Commission raided the Salzburg energy drink manufacturer Red Bull on Monday on suspicion of illegal collusion and violations of EU antitrust rules. On Tuesday morning, the Commission announced that investigations had been launched against a company active in the energy drink sector in several EU countries. Red Bull confirmed the search of the company’s premises, saying it had received a “visit” from EU officials.
The Commission did not provide any further details on the investigation in the press release. The beverage manufacturer’s response was also brief: “On Monday, March 20, officials from the EU Commission visited our premises. We will of course cooperate with them on all matters affecting them.” Requests for further information should be addressed directly to the EU Commission.
The Federal Competition Authority (BWB) was also involved. This gave no opinion and referred to the EU Commission.