MERGERS: AMO approved the merger of TAURIS, a.s., RYBA Košice spol. s r.o. and CALMAR spol. s r.o.

25.08.2016
On 22 August 2016 the Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic, Division of Concentrations (hereafter “the Office”), approved the merger grounded in the acquisition of direct exclusive control of the undertaking TAURIS, a.s., seated at Potravinárska 6, 979 01 Rimavská Sobota (hereafter “TAURIS”) over the undertaking RYBA Košice spol. s r.o., seated at Južná trieda 54, 040 01 Košice (hereafter “RYBA KE”) and over the undertaking CALMAR spol. s r.o., seated at Južná trieda 54, 040 01 Košice (herafter “CALMAR”).
 
Company TAURIS together with is two subsidiaries operates in the area of processing and selling pork and beef and in the area of processing and selling meat products and also operates a network of specialized retail stores of meat and meat products. TAURIS belongs to the economic group ECO-INVEST which operates in the territory of the Slovak Republic through a number of companies operating in various areas, and in addition to the subjected areas also for example in paper production.
 
Company RYBA KE operates in the area of processing and selling frozen fish, fish products, refrigerated and dry delicatessen food products, further in the area of processing and selling frozen food products, except meat. It also operates in the area of wholesale and retail of frozen and refrigerated meat products.
  
 Company CALMAR operates in the area of storage and distribution of food products, primarily for its sister company RYBA KE.
 
The Office identified possible certain horizontal overlap between the activities of the merging parties and the Office also found that this overlap is neglible. Considering the operation of company CALMAR in the area of distribution of food products arises possible vertical relationship between the activities of the merging parties. This relationship does not raise competition concerns.
 
After the evaluation of all acquired materials and information the Office concluded that the assessed merger does not infringe effective competition significantly in the relevant market and mainly as a result of creation or strengthening of dominant position.
 
Decision came into force on 22 August 2016.
Last update:25.08.2016