The Commission approved the proposed acquisition whereby FrieslandCampina, of the Netherlands, acquires Zijerveld & Veldhuyzen B.V. and Den Hollander Food B.V., both of the Netherlands. FrieslandCampina is a dairy cooperative active in the procurement and processing of raw milk and in the development, production and selling of dairy products. Zijerveld is a specialized cheese wholesaler, providing value-added services such as category consultancy, storing, maturing and distribution of cheese. Den Hollander is a cheese packaging wholesaler, providing services such as cutting, slicing, grating and packaging of cheese. The Commission found that the proposed acquisition, as initially notified, would have combined the two leading producers and suppliers of semi-hard goat cheese in the Netherlands and would have significantly reduced competition on the market. In order to address these concerns, FrieslandCampina offered to implement a package of commitments, which included amending the existing exclusive supply arrangement between the target and a third party producer of goat cheese, Amalthea, so that competitors to have access to a significant part of the goat cheese produced by Amalthea. Further, FrieslandCampina agreed to stop outsourcing the production of semi-hard goat cheese to Amalthea in order to ensure that such production capacity will be available to third parties. Furthermore, FrieslandCampina will, at the request of third parties, make available raw goat milk for the production of semi-hard goat cheese. In view of the proposed commitments, the Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would not significantly impede effective competition in the EEA or in any substantial part thereof. Source: Commission Press Release 12/4/2013