Cargill/ADM Chocolate Business (M.7408) [Archived]
Cargill/ADM Chocolate Business (M.7408) [Archived]

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ARCHIVED–this archived case hub reflects the position at the date of the decision of 17 July 2015; it is no longer maintained.

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Case facts

ARCHIVE 17/07/2015

Outline European Commission merger investigation into the proposed acquisition by Cargill of Archer Daniels Midland's chocolate business. There are horizontal overlaps in the markets for the supply of industrial chocolate.

Latest developments The Commission cleared the transaction subject to commitments on 17 July 2015. Under the commitments accepted by the Commission, Cargill will divest ADM's industrial chocolate plant in Mannheim (Germany) to a suitable purchaser. The Mannheim plant is ADM's largest industrial chocolate plant in Europe and its only such plant in Germany.

Parties Cargill is a US-based company active in the international production and sale of food, agriculture and risk management products and services. The company provides its services to customers across the world. It has 140,000 employees working in 67 countries. In relation to this transaction, Cargill's business includes the production and sale of industrial chocolate and fat-based coatings and fillings and semi-finished chocolate products such as cocoa liquor, cocoa powder and