CMA launches Cargill / Faccenda merger inquiry

CMA launches Cargill / Faccenda merger inquiry

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced an investigation into the joint poultry venture recently announced by Cargill and Faccenda.

The ‘phase 1 investigation’ has been launched following the European Commission’s decision to refer the case to the UK, under Article 4(4) of the EC Merger Regulation.

The regulator said it was considering whether “it is or may be the case that this transaction, if carried into effect, will result in the creation of a relevant merger situation under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002 and, if so, whether the creation of that situation may be expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services”.

The joint venture will focus on chicken, turkey and duck, seeing both companies take an equal shareholding.

The new company will be a standalone business, with Cargill’s fresh chicken business in the UK joining Faccenda’s fresh chicken, turkey and duck business to form it.

It will also see Andy Dawkins, managing director for Faccenda Foods, be appointed chief executive officer of the newly formed company, while Chris Hall, fresh chicken director for Cargill Meats Europe, will be appointed chief commercial officer.

The deadline for the ‘phase 1 decision’ has been set for 22nd December, while written representations about any competitions issues can be send to until 1st November.

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