The Competition Commission has recommended that the Competition Tribunal conditionally approve the large merger involving Real Beverage Company (Clover) and Dairybelle’s Yoghurt / UHT Milk businesses. The conditions, aimed at addressing employment and the supply of secondary distribution services, are that no retrenchments result from the proposed transaction or, to the extent that retrenchments do result, that Clover set aside an employee grant of ZAR 30 000 for use by any employee to fund business opportunities, training and reskilling; and that Clover continue to supply Danone with secondary distribution services for its yoghurt product until June 2015. The Competition Tribunal has yet to consider the merger.

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