Official Journal of the European Union

C 167/18

Prior notification of a concentration

(Case M.7986 — Sysco/Brakes)

(Text with EEA relevance)

(2016/C 167/10)


On 29 April 2016, the Commission received a notification of a proposed concentration pursuant to Article 4 of Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 (1) by which the undertaking Sysco Corporation (‘Sysco’, USA) (which exercises its activities in Europe mainly through its wholly owned subsidiary Pallas Foods Ltd) acquires within the meaning of Article 3(1)(b) of the Merger Regulation sole control of the whole of the undertaking Brakes Group (‘Brakes’, United Kingdom), belonging to the holding company Cucina Lux Investments Limited, by way of purchase of shares.


The business activities of the undertakings concerned are:

—   for Sysco/Pallas: selling, marketing and distributing food and related products, such as equipment and supplies, to the foodservice sector and hospitality industries,

—   for Brakes: distributing food and related products to the foodservice sector and holding separate divisions specialising in catering supplies and equipment.


On preliminary examination, the Commission finds that the notified transaction could fall within the scope of the Merger Regulation. However, the final decision on this point is reserved.


The Commission invites interested third parties to submit their possible observations on the proposed operation to the Commission.

Observations must reach the Commission not later than 10 days following the date of this publication. Observations can be sent to the Commission by fax (+32 22964301), by email to COMP-MERGER-REGISTRY@ec.europa.eu or by post, under reference number M.7986 — Sysco/Brakes, to the following address:

European Commission

Directorate-General for Competition

Merger Registry

1049 Bruxelles/Brussel


(1)  OJ L 24, 29.1.2004, p. 1 (the ‘Merger Regulation’).