Brussels — The EU has slapped a fine of €200m on AB InBev, the world's biggest brewer, for hindering cheaper beer imports into Belgium from the neighbouring Netherlands. In the Netherlands, AB InBev sells Jupiler, the most popular beer in Belgium, to supermarkets and wholesalers at lower prices than in Belgium, because of stiffer competition. “Consumers in Belgium have been paying more for their favourite beer because of AB InBev’s deliberate strategy to restrict cross-border sales,” EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said. “Attempts by dominant companies to carve up the single market to maintain high prices are illegal,” Vestager said. “Therefore we have fined AB InBev €200m for breaching our antitrust rules.” The European Commission, the 28-nation EU’s executive arm, said AB InBev had, for several years, used various tactics to prevent Belgian supermarkets and wholesalers from importing cheaper Jupiler beer from the Netherlands. It said the Belgian-Brazilian beer beh...

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