Armenians have seized Georgian coffee market
Accusations of monopolizing Georgian coffee market were received by the Armenian suppliers of this flavored drink to Sakartvelo. In particular, as reported by "Business-Georgia", the company Kazbegi Coffee, owned by well-known in Georgia Brewery company Kazbegi, has stopped packaging coffee. As the director Vaya Burduli explained in an interview, Armenian Importers have monopolized Georgian market. And Georgian legislation, which does not stipulate anti-monopoly measures, is partly guilty in this.
"All the money and profits go to Armenia. After coming to the Georgian market, they have captured the whole market and deprived others of equal opportunities for competition", said Burduli.
He added that the competition at Georgia's coffee market is unfair. "They're spreading rumors that our coffee production is of poor quality. I tried to negotiate with the Armenians, but they advise us to do the same thing, since we believe that this is the only way to make a profit", said the businessman.
He also regretted that his company - Kazbegi Coffee - is on the verge of ruin, because it is the only supplier of pure coffee in the local market, which is more expensive than Armenian coffee of poor quality.
According to Burduli, the Antimonopoly Service in the country is operating since 2005, and in 2010 the authorities abolished the Agency of free trade and competition.
In the Ministry of Economy of Georgia they told reporters that they have no information on the situation, and generally prefer not to interfere in private business.