SodaStream (Soda Club) gick på pumpen i Tyskland

Sodastream (Soda Club) försökte 2006 hindra ett annat företag att fylla deras kolsyreflaskor genom att hävda att flaskan var deras egendom och inte kundens (genom avtal alla kunder måste godkänna).

Detta gick inte i Tyskland och detta kan mycket väl bli norm i Sverige. Det behövs konkurens här, både för miljöns (flaskan borde fyllas i butiken, det tar 20 sekunder med en kolsyrepump) och priset, som kunde vara hälften. Man får dock beakta att priset för kolsyrat vatten gjort hemma bara är en bråkdel av köpt kolsyrat vatten, i detta perspektiv är kolsyran redan idag rejält billig. Men det kan bli bättre.

Här är fakta på engelska från
https://www.bundeskartellamt.de
April 13, 2006

Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court confirms immediate enforceability in the Soda-Club case
Soda-Club GmbH, Wiesbaden (“Soda-Club“) may not use its dominant position abusively. Soda-Club had prevented competing suppliers from refilling Co² cartridges for water carbonating machines by claiming its ownership of the cartridges.

In February 2006 the Bundeskartellamt prohibited this conduct. Soda Club opposed the Bundeskartellamt’s immediately enforceable decision by applying to the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court for interim measures. In provisional proceedings the court has now confirmed the Bundeskartellamt’s decision in all material respects. Soda-Club is dominant in the market for refilling CO² cartridges. Hindering competitors from refilling CO² cartridges represents an abuse of this dominant position. By this conduct Soda-Club prevents consumers from taking advantage of alternative refilling possibilities. Only the obligation to point out on labels on the company’s own cartridges that it is admissible to have them refilled by competitors was seen by the Higher Regional Court as a disproportionate measure.

Although Soda-Club can still appeal against the Higher Regional Court’s decision to the Federal Supreme Court, the Higher Regional Court’s decision implies that the numerous small and medium-sized bottling plants can now start to compete with Soda-Club and refill all cartridges circulating in the market.