Muller UK & Ireland Group / Dairy Crest Group merger inquiry

The CMA investigated the anticipated acquisition by Muller UK & Ireland Group LLP of the dairy operations of Dairy Crest Group plc.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
19 October 2015 Undertakings in lieu accepted
17 July 2015 Decision published
12 June 2015 Decision announced
23 March to 8 April 2015 Invitation to comment
20 March 2015 Launch of merger inquiry

Phase 1

Undertakings in lieu of reference accepted

19 October 2015: The CMA has accepted undertakings in lieu of reference for the anticipated acquisition by Muller UK & Ireland Group LLP of the dairy operations of Dairy Crest Group plc. A copy of the undertakings and the decision are available below.

Modified undertaking in lieu of reference consultation: Now closed

30 September 2015: We are consulting on modifications to a proposed undertaking in lieu of a reference for the acquisition by Muller UK & Ireland Group LLP of the dairy operations of Dairy Crest Group plc.

Undertaking in lieu of reference consultation: Now closed

10 August 2015: We’re consulting on a proposed undertaking in lieu of a reference (UIL) for the anticipated acquisition by Muller UK & Ireland Group LLP of the dairy operations of Dairy Crest Group plc.

CMA to consider undertakings offered

26 June 2015: The CMA considers that there are reasonable grounds for believing that the undertakings offered by Muller UK & Ireland Group LLP, or a modified version of them, might be accepted by the CMA under the Enterprise Act 2002. A copy of the notice is available below.

Reference unless undertakings accepted

12 June 2015: The CMA has decided, on the information currently available to it, that it is or may be the case that this merger has resulted or may be expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition within a market or markets in the United Kingdom. This merger will be referred for a phase 2 investigation unless the parties offer acceptable undertakings to address these competition concerns. The full text of the decision is available below.

Invitation to comment: Now closed

23 March 2015: 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

20 March 2015: The CMA launched its phase 1 investigation following the European Commission’s decision to refer the case to the CMA under Article 4(4) of the EC Merger Regulation.

Contact

Please send written representations about any competition issues to:

Maria Duarte
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row
London
WC1B 4AD

maria.duarte@cma.gsi.gov.uk

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