The Italian Competition Authority clears in phase II the merger between the two main baby milk producers subject to remedies, including wholesale prices reduction (Koninklijke Numico / Mellin)

Background By decision of 15 June 2005, the Italian Competition Authority (Autorità garante della concorrenza e del mercato) cleared the acquisition by Koninklijke Numico N.V. (Numico) of Mellin S.p.A. (Mellin). The concentration affected the baby milk sector which the Authority's investigations showed as highly concentrated; indeed, the sector was dominated by five players: Numico, Mellin, Plasmon, Nestlé and Humana. Since the merger

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