Official Journal of the European Union

C 48/22

Prior notification of a concentration

(Case COMP/M.6468 — Forfarmers/Hendrix)

(Text with EEA relevance)

2012/C 48/09


On 10 February 2012, the Commission received a notification of a proposed concentration pursuant to Article 4 of Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 (1) by which the undertaking Forfarmers Group B.V (‘Forfarmers’, the Netherlands) acquires within the meaning of Article 3(1)(b) of the Merger Regulation control of the Hendrix business (‘Hendrix’) currently owned by Nutreco Nederland B.V, by way of purchase of shares and assets. This business comprises (i) the issued share capital in Hendrix UTD B.V (the Netherlands), Hedimix B.V (the Netherlands), Hendrix UTD GmbH (Germany) and Hendrix Illesch GmbH (Germany) and their respective subsidiaries, (ii) all assets and liabilities of Nutreco Feed Belgium N.V. (Belgium) and Hendrix N.V. (Belgium) and (iii) certain intellectual property rights.


The business activities of the undertakings concerned are:

for Forfarmers: produces and supplies compound feed, broiler breeders and other agricultural commodities. It is also active in the supply of raw material and provides miscellaneous agriculture services,

for Hendrix: is active in the production and sale of compound feed and broiler breeders. It also provides miscellaneous agriculture services.


On preliminary examination, the Commission finds that the notified transaction could fall within the scope the EC Merger Regulation. However, the final decision on this point is reserved.


The Commission invites interested third parties to submit their possible observations on the proposed operation to the Commission.

Observations must reach the Commission not later than 10 days following the date of this publication. Observations can be sent to the Commission by fax (+32 22964301), by e-mail to COMP-MERGER-REGISTRY@ec.europa.eu or by post, under reference number COMP/M.6468 — Forfarmers/Hendrix, to the following address:

European Commission

Directorate-General for Competition

Merger Registry


1049 Bruxelles/Brussel


(1)  OJ L 24, 29.1.2004, p. 1 (the ‘EC Merger Regulation’).