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Singapore’s Competition Watchdog Scrutinizes Grab-Delivery Hero Deal

 |  April 1, 2024

Singapore’s competition watchdog, the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS), revealed on Monday that it had initiated an inquiry into the collapsed discussions between Grab Holdings and Delivery Hero, expressing concerns over potential ramifications for competition within the food delivery sector.

Reports from September had indicated that Germany’s Delivery Hero was exploring options to offload its foodpanda business in select Southeast Asian markets, with Singapore-based Grab emerging as a potential suitor, according to Reuters.

The investigation by the CCCS commenced in early January, prompted by fears that a merger or acquisition between Grab and Delivery Hero’s foodpanda could further consolidate control over Singapore’s lucrative food delivery market. A report by research firm Momentum Works suggested that Grab and foodpanda collectively held a commanding 91% share of the $2.5 billion market, with Grab alone claiming 63%.

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However, the regulatory scrutiny came to an end on Feb. 23, following Delivery Hero’s decision to abandon plans for a potential sale and Grab’s assertion that it was no longer pursuing any such deal, as reported by Reuters. Media accounts indicate that the talks between the two companies collapsed in early February.

The CCCS’s intervention underscores the growing regulatory focus on competition within the tech-driven food delivery industry. As platforms like Grab and foodpanda continue to dominate markets globally, regulators are increasingly vigilant about preventing monopolistic practices that could stifle innovation and limit consumer choice.

While the failed negotiations have alleviated immediate concerns about market consolidation, the incident has drawn attention to the need for ongoing scrutiny and regulation in the rapidly evolving food delivery landscape.

Source: Reuters