Probably… the best merger in the world…


THE Competition and Markets Authority has allowed the £780m merger between Carlsberg and Marston’s.

The joint venture between Carlsberg UK, which has a brewery in Northampton, and Marston’s PLC to form the Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company has now been approved.

A number of internal and legal processes remain outstanding before the transaction is completed, which should be by the end of the month.

Carlsberg CEO Cees’t Hart said: “The creation of the joint venture is an important step forward for our UK business.

“The joint venture’s brand portfolio will allow us to offer a significantly stronger beer portfolio to our UK customers, and at the same time extend distribution into the Marston’s pub estate.

“In addition, the combined business will bring our customers wider choice, greater capacity, product innovation, and marketing and distribution efficiency benefits.”

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