Nespresso coffee capsules could soon be cheaperWill be easier for rivals to make Nespresso-compatible pods

08 September 2014

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Buying capsules for Nespresso coffee machines could soon be cheaper, after Nespresso agreed to make it easier for competitors to produce Nespresso-compatible coffee pods.

Nespresso will provide manufacturers of coffee capsules with technical information before implementing changes to their existing machines. Nespresso will also let rivals test their coffee pods on prototype Nespresso machines.

The agreement comes after objections were raised with the French Competition Authority (AdlC), by D.E Master Blender and the Ethical Coffee company, both of which produce coffee capsules designed to be compatible with Nespresso coffee machines.

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Nespresso: it’s fair competition

Following the complaints raised by D.E Master Blender and the Ethical Coffee companies, the AdlC found there were several practices that incentivised consumers to only use the official Nespresso-branded capsules.

These included changes to Nespresso machines which rendered capsules produced by other manufacturers incompatible, and wording the machines' warranties to encourage consumers to only use Nespresso-branded capsules.

The commitments Nespresso has since agreed with the AdlC include revising the way the company publishes information about compatibility of non-Nespresso pods with its own machines, providing information to third-party capsule manufacturers and enabling testing of third-party capsules on new Nespresso protoypes.

Jean-Marc Duvoisin, CEO of Nestlé Nespresso said 'We are pleased to reach an agreement with the AdlC and to have agreed a mechanism that enables us to continue innovating for the benefit of the consumers.

'The initiatives that we have agreed demonstrate our ongoing commitment to fair and open competition.'

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