US: Mead Johnson, Danone "team up on Pfizer baby food bid"
Reuters said yesterday (23 February) that Pfizer had given Mead Johnson and Danone permission to make a joint offer for its infant nutrition division.
Citing sources, the two companies will compete with Nestle in the next round of the auction for the business, which takes place on 5 March.
Speaking to just-food, a spokesperson for Mead Johnson declined to comment on what he called "marketplace speculation or rumours".
Officials at Danone and Nestle could not be reached for immediate comment.
Reuters' claims followed a Bloomberg report earlier this week that said Danone was weighing up a bid with Mead Johnson.
Pfizer announced last July that it was considering the "strategic alternatives" for the unit, which included a sale, spin-off "or other transaction".
Its infant nutrition business generated revenues of around $1.9bn in 2010. It sells products including infant formulas and growing-up milks in over 60 countries. It operates from five plants in Ireland, China, Singapore, the Philippines and Mexico.
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