The European Commission today (19 September) pushed back the deadline for completion of its investigation into the proposed merger of dairy groups Friesland Foods and Campina.

In July, the Commission commenced an in-depth investigation into the proposed merger of the Dutch companies, voicing concern that the deal could reduce competition in the European Economic Area and result in increased dairy prices.

The EU was due to have concluded its inquiry into the competition implications of the merger by 24 November. However, according to the list of planned mergers under review, a new deadline of 1 December has now been set.

If the deal goes ahead, it will create one of the world's largest dairy concerns with total annual sales of around EUR9.1bn (US$13.2bn).