Milka maker Mondelez has reportedly been raided in four countries

Milka maker Mondelez has reportedly been raided in four countries

Snacks major Mondelez International is reported to have had a number of offices in Europe searched this week by EU competition officials.

The Cadbury and Oreo owner has had Brussels officials visit sites in Germany, Austria and Belgium, according to media outlets on the Continent.

The European Commission declined to comment when approached by just-food.

Ricardo Hernandez, the senior director for communications and government affairs for Mondelez in Europe, told just-food this morning: "We will not comment on this topic."

German publication Buten un in has reported EU competition officials had visited the US giant's German headquarters in the northern city of Bremen. The publication also said there had been a visit of Mondelez's office in the Belgian city of Mechelen.

Austrian newspaper Kurier has reported officials also went to the head office of Mondelez's business in Austria, located in Vienna, this week.

In 2018, across Europe - not just in EU member states - Mondelez generated net revenues of US$10.12bn, up from $9.8bn a year earlier.

Mondelez's total net revenues in 2018 were $25.93bn.

The company's segment operating income in Europe was $1.73bn, against $1.61bn in 2017. Group segment operating income in 2018 was $3.7bn.

In 2018, Mondelez had 57 manufacturing facilities and 36 distribution sites in Europe.