Graham's The Family Dairy / Quothquan Farms merger inquiry

The CMA investigated the completed acquisition by Graham's The Family Dairy Limited (Graham's) of Quothquan Farms Limited (Quothquan).

Statutory timetable

Date Action
17 November 2014 Decision published
14 November 2014 Decision announced
15 to 29 October 2014 Invitation to comment
15 October 2014 Launch of merger inquiry
15 September 2014 Initial enforcement order

Phase 1

CMA FNTQ decision announced

14 November 2014: The CMA has today decided that the completed acquisition by Graham’s The Family Dairy Limited (Graham’s) of Quothquan Farms Limited (Quothquan) does not qualify for investigation under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002. The full text of the decision is available below:

Invitation to comment: Now closed

15 October 2014: The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is considering whether it is or may be the case that this transaction has resulted 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 has resulted, or may be expected to result, in a substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services.

Launch of CMA merger inquiry

15 October 2014: The CMA launched its merger inquiry following receipt of a satisfactory submission.

Initial enforcement order

On 15 September 2014 the CMA imposed an initial enforcement order on Graham’s The Family Dairy Group Limited and Graham’s The Family Dairy Limited pursuant to section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002. A copy of the order can be found below:


Please send written representations about any competition or public interest to:

Victoria Yuan
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row

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