The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to an application from Foodstuffs North Island Limited and Foodstuffs South Island Limited seeking clearance to merge.
The statement outlines the key competition issues that the Commission considers important in deciding whether or not to grant clearance to the proposed acquisition.
The Commission invites interested parties to provide comments on the likely competitive effects of the proposed acquisition. Submissions can be sent by email to email@example.com with the reference “Foodstuffs merger” in the subject line. Any submissions should be received by close of business on 1 February 2024.
The Commission is currently scheduled to make a decision on the application by 5 March 2024. However, this date may be extended as the investigation progresses.
The Statement of Preliminary Issues and a public version of the application can be found on the Commission’s case register.