The Competition Commission has made a number of key recommendations for approval, including giving retail pharmacy Clicks the green light to acquire 25 Pick n Pay retail pharmacies.

A Fin24 report says Clicks’ competitor Dis-Chem also had good news, with the commission recommending that the Competition Tribunal approves its bid for a stake in Kaelo Holdings, which provides services to people who are not part of a medical scheme.

The commission also gave Ma Baker owner RFG Foods the go-ahead to acquire Pioneer Foods Wellingtons’ frozen food business.

The commission included the condition that Clicks inform it of its future acquisitions of retail pharmacies, including those below merger thresholds.

Both Pick n Pay and Clicks agreed that the pharmacy retailer will not be restricted from competing with the retailer on over the counter product sales, at its stores where it will operate the pharmacies.

They also agreed that the proposed merger will not result in retrenchments.

With Dischem and Kaelo, the commission found that the acquisition ‘is unlikely to result in a substantial prevention or lessening of competition in any relevant market’.

With RFG's bid for Pioneer Foods Wellingtons’ frozen food business, the commission said that while the deal was unlikely to prevent or lessen competition, it was concerned about possible retrenchments.

As a result, RFG and Pioneer Foods agreed that no employees would be retrenched and any workers affected by the merger would be moved to other parts of either of the two businesses.

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