CMA clears Tulip’s Easey Holdings acquisition

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has cleared the completed acquisition by Danish Crown via its subsidiary Tulip Limited of Easey Holdings Limited. 

Easey Holdings is a family-owned pig farming operation consisting of four key divisions – breeding herds (sows), growing herds, a veterinary practice and a livestock transport business. 

When the deal was announced in September, Tulip said that this acquisition represents "an investment in British farming and also inward commitment to the UK". 

Andrew Saunders, agriculture director at Tulip Ltd’s farming division, Tulip Agriculture, said: “Customer demand is rising for pigmeat produced to high welfare standards supported by strong provenance credentials. This acquisition forms part of Tulip Ltd’s strategic objective to further support the UK pig farming industry, allowing us to more effectively utilise our skills and expertise, capitalising on our industry-leading best practices which have been developed by farmers, vets and other experts within the organisation.

“We are pleased that the existing management team within Easey Holdings have agreed to remain in place, which will ensure we are able to retain the business’ core family values and maintain stability for employees, farmers, suppliers and customers. Easey Holdings will continue to operate independently with all existing employees to be retained. Existing customer and supplier contracts and commitments will also be honoured.”

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