Italian pasta giant Barilla is reported to be considering divesting some crispbread operations in order to facilitate approval from the competition authorities for its €1.8bn (US$1.7bn) acquisition of German bakery group Kamps.

It is not yet known exactly which brands or divisions will come under the hammer, if any. Barilla owns Wasa, which it claims controls more than half the German market. Kamps also owns a smaller crispbread brand called Lieken Urkorn Knäckebrot.

"The [European] Commission fears Barilla's acquisition of Kamps will further strengthen the company's leading position" in crisp breads, Filippo Simioni, a spokesman for Barilla, is reported by Dow Jones as saying.

A spokesman for the company told that it would be premature to reveal details of divestments to be made, as nothing had been finalised

On 6 June, the EC extended by two weeks its one-month probe on the Barilla-Kamps deal. Under the European Commission Merger Regulation, the EC only extends its investigation if a national government has asked to review the deal or the companies offer concessions.