The acquisition by Dutch-based Nutreco of part of BASF’s animal premix production business has been cleared by the European Commission. Premixes are blends of vitamins and feed additives used for animal nutrition. Although the proposed acquisition would consolidate Nutreco’s position as one of the major producers of premixes in Europe, the investigation demonstrated that the market would remain competitive with a sufficient number of alternative suppliers. As BASF retains its upstream production of vitamins and feed additives, the Commission concluded that competitors’ access to these raw materials would not be affected by the proposed acquisition.