The German Federal Cartel Office has warned that it could move to block the merger of Edeka’s Netto discount supermarkets with Tenegelmann’s Plus stores.


“Edeka would have a dominant market position following the merger,” the regulator said in a statement.


Edeka is the market leader in Germany’s food retail industry, holding a 25% market share, the regulator said. The country’s six biggest food retailers control about 90% of the market.


“We have been contacted by the Federal Cartel Office and they have requested that we make a statement in favour of the merger before a final decision is made. We will be doing this and believe that the merger would not limit competition in the retail market,” a spokesperson for Edeka told just-food.


Edeka and Tengelmann revealed their plans to merge their discount chains last year.

How well do you really know your competitors?

Access the most comprehensive Company Profiles on the market, powered by GlobalData. Save hours of research. Gain competitive edge.

Company Profile – free sample

Thank you!

Your download email will arrive shortly

Not ready to buy yet? Download a free sample

We are confident about the unique quality of our Company Profiles. However, we want you to make the most beneficial decision for your business, so we offer a free sample that you can download by submitting the below form

By GlobalData

The newly formed joint venture, in which Edeka would hold 70%, would operate 4,100 stores.