Bavaria, Grolsch and Heineken have been hit by a lawsuit by an industry group representing Dutch bars over the price-fixing row in the country.

The three brewers, who were hit with fines totalling over EUR270m (US$367.5m) from the EC in April over cartel activities in Holland, have been named in the lawsuit by the Horeca Association, which claims the companies kept beer prices artificially high in the country for years.

Speaking to local reporters, a spokesperson for the association said on Monday (1 October): "We tried to reach a settlement before moving to a lawsuit, but (the brewers) didn't want to talk seriously to us."

InBev, which sidestepped a fine by acting as whistleblower to the EC, is reportedly in talks with the association over a settlement.

The Horeca association is also looking to make the brewers lower their current prices in Holland. "It's incredible that it costs more for bars, who are wholesale buyers, to purchase beer than it does for consumers in the supermarket," the spokesperson added.

When contacted by just-drinks today, Heineken declined to comment on the lawsuit. No-one was available for comment at Grolsch, Bavaria or InBev, however.