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EU: Coca-Cola bottlers merger win antitrust approval

 |  November 9, 2015

Coca-Cola Enterprises and two other European bottlers of Coca-Cola drinks have secured unconditional EU antitrust approval for their merger after regulators found no competition issues.

The combination with Coca-Cola Iberian Partners and the German bottling business of Coca-Cola would create the world’s largest independent bottler of Coke drinks by net revenue, present in Spain, France and Britain and 10 other countries.

The European Commission said a preliminary investigation opened on Oct. 2 did not show any possible competition issues.

“The proposed acquisition raises no competition concerns, as the activities of the bottlers do not overlap geographically and customers currently using the Coca-Cola bottlers would continue to have sufficient alternative choices,” the EU executive said.

Full content: The Economic Times

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