The Friesland, Campina merger

Having gained EU approval to merge, the Netherlands-based dairy groups Campina and Friesland will hope that their combined strength will better prepare the business to withstand the tough economic times facing the European dairy industry and the liberalisation of the sector. With the deal rubber stamped, FrieslandCampina is now likely to turn its attention to exploiting the opportunity presented by the emerging markets of eastern Europe and Asia. Dean Best reports.