The European Commission today approved the acquisition of cheese specialist, Zijerveld, and its packaging unit, Den Hollander Food, by FrieslandCampina.
On 7 January 2013, FrieslandCampina signed an agreement to acquire the two companies and submitted the acquisition for approval to the European Competition Authorities. The European Commission has approved the acquisition, subject to production capacity, a sales volume of semi-hard goat’s cheese and goat’s milk, being made available to one or more external players. Specifically, this means that between 35% and 45% of the goat’s cheese sales of Amalthea, as a partner of Zijerveld, must be sold on the open market. FrieslandCampina will take its responsibility and will enter into a constructive dialogue with Amalthea to find a for Amalthea satisfactory solution. Zijerveld continues to trade as an independent entity within the FrieslandCampina Cheese, Butter & Milk Powder business group.