The kielbasa cartel was known as the "Atlantic Circle," as they met at the Hotel Atlantic in Hamburg. The authority linked 21 producers and 33 individuals, whom all share the $460 million fine (though not equally.) Together, the 54 entities agreed to agreements raising the price of sausages.
Andreas Mundt, president of the Cartel Authority, didn't mince his words:
These price agreements have been practised for many years. The total penalty seems high at first glance but makes sense against the backdrop of the large number of companies involved, the duration of the cartel and the billions in sales earned in the market."