The Competition & Markets Authority has approved a significant consolidation of the UK pig herd through integrated producer and processor Tulip’s acquisition of the Suffolk family-owned pig farming business Easey Holdings, stating that no further action is necessary.
Tulip, the UK arm of Danish Crown, first announced the acquisition in September 2017. The company already owns the BQP pig production company, and the addition of Easey gives it control of around 15% of the UK sow breeding herd.
Easey Holdings comprises four businesses – pig breeding; pig rearing and finishing; a veterinary practice and a livestock transport business. Tulip says the investment in British farming is a commitment to the UK by Danish Crown that reinforces the organisation’s commitment to global farming.
“This is great news for Tulip, for Easey Holdings, for our customers and our consumers,” says Andrew Saunders, agriculture director at the Tulip farming division, Tulip Agriculture. “Tulip is a true champion of the UK pig farming industry while Danish Crown remains absolutely committed to continued inward investment into the UK.”
“Tulip Agriculture, the farming and pig supply division of Tulip), will be working closely with the Easey management team, staff, farmers, suppliers and customers to ensure the continued successful operation of the Easey farming network as part of the Tulip Group.”