Danish Crown buys D&S Fleisch

Danish Crown has been given permission by the European Commission to purchase German pig meat slaughtering company D&S Fleisch.

Danish Crown saw the deal approved without conditions via a fast-track, being “examined under the simplified merger review procedure”, said the Commission – the European Union’s senior competition authority.

Slaughtering 3.5million animals a year, D&S Fleisch is said to be the fourth-biggest slaughterhouse in Germany.

A Danish Crown spokesperson said: “Germany is already an important market for Danish Crown, and a German slaughterhouse for German pigs will offer access to the market, which will benefit the entire group. With this acquisition, Danish Crown is gaining a presence in the German market and is also strengthening its international sales.”

When announcing the takeover plan last year, Danish Crown CEO Kjeld Johannesen said: “Today we have a successful business with fresh meat in Sweden, the UK and Poland, and Germany is the next obvious step. As in the other countries where we have slaughterhouse activities, the idea is to slaughter local, German pigs.”

D&S Fleisch is based in Essen, Oldenburg, northern Germany, close to Denmark and also to other Danish Crown units in northern Germany.

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