Mole Valley Farmers / Countrywide Farmers merger inquiry

The CMA is investigating the anticipated acquisition by Mole Valley Farmers Limited of the retail business of Countrywide Farmers Plc.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
28 February 2018 Deadline for phase 1 decision (*)
4 January 2018 to 17 January 2018 Invitation to comment
4 January 2018 Launch of merger inquiry

(*) This date is the current statutory deadline by when the decision will be announced. If any change occurs, the information is refreshed as soon as practicable. However, the CMA cannot guarantee that the decision will be announced on or before this current deadline, as the deadline of a given case may change during the merger assessment process due to different reasons.

Phase 1

Invitation to comment: closes 17 January 2018

4 January 2018: The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is 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.

Launch of merger inquiry

4 January 2018: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.


Please send written representations about any competition issues to:

Maxwell Harris
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row

Published 4 January 2018