Deutsche Gelatine-Fabriken Stoess AG and Goodman Fielder Limited

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In the Matter of Deutsche Gelatine-Fabriken Stoess AG and Goodman Fielder Limited
FTC Matter/File Number:

011 0117

Docket Number:

C-4045

Enforcement Type:

Federal Injunctions

Case Summary

The Commission authorized staff to seek a preliminary injunction to block DGF’s proposed acquisition of Leiner Davis Gelatin Corporation and its Goodman Fielder USA, Inc. subsidiary. According to the Commission this transaction, if allowed to proceed as planned, would increase the likelihood of anticompetitive activity in the U.S. market for pigskin and beef hide gelatin, used by the food industry as an ingredient in edible products and by the pharmaceutical industry to produce capsules and tablets. The combination of the two firms would account for more than 50 percent of the relevant market in the U.S. A proposed consent agreement designed to remedy the significant antitrust concerns was accepted for public comment March 7, 2002; the consent order was finalized April 17, 2002.