Konkurrensverket, the Swedish competition regulatory body, today, Tuesday, announced its unconditional approval of the merger between MD Foods and Arla. In contrast to the recent approval of the Danish regulators, the Swedish decision means that the new dairy company will not need to divest itself of dairy capacity or commit itself to other competition-enhancing measures.
Following the Swedish approval announced on Konkurrensverket's website, www.kkv.se, the merger of the two companies under the new name of Arla Foods, can now go ahead with effect from April 17.
Owned by 8,400 Swedish and 9,500 Danish co-operative owners, the new group, which has an annual milk volume of 7 billion kg will become Europe's largest dairy company.
Besides Sweden, Germany, the UK, Finland, Greece, Norway and Denmark have all approved the formation of the new group whose combined turnover totalled DDK 36.4 billion last year. The two merging companies employ a workforce of 19,300.