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Dawn Meats and Dunbia merger under CMA investigation
Published:  11 August, 2017

An investigation has been launched into the joint venture of Dawn Meats and Dunbia by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). 

It was revealed in May of this year that the two meat processors had entered into a strategic partnership, which saw Dawn Meats establish a majority-owned joint venture over Dunbia.

Yesterday, Thursday 10 August, the CMA said it is investigating the anticipated joint venture and potential acquisition of Dunbia by Dawn Meats. Phase one of the investigation has a completion deadline of 6 October 2017.

“The 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,” said a statement from the authority.

Meat Trades Journal has been unable to obtain comment from either Dawn Meat or Dunbia.

If the merger is approved, Dawn Meats will have nine facilities in Ireland under its name, acquiring two from Dunbia. Dawn Meats has nine other facilities in the UK, and Dunbia has 10. The firms process approximately 900,000 cattle and 2.6 million sheep combined on a yearly basis.