The companies confirmed their planned merger last week

The companies confirmed their planned merger last week

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is investigating whether the AG Barr and Britvic merger will mean a “substantial lessening” of competition within the UK soft drinks market. 

The agency is inviting written evidence on any “competition or public interest issues” under the Enterprise Act 2002, it announced yesterday (19 November). The deadline for submissions is 30 November. 

Barr and Britvic confirmed their plans for a GBP1.4bn (US$2.2bn) merger last week, two months after they first announced talks were in progress

The merged company - Barr Britvic Soft Drinks - will have its legal headquarters at Barr's existing head office in Cumbernauld, Scotland, while the new group's operational HQ will be at Britvic's head offices in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. 

The deal remains subject to shareholder and regulatory approval.

To see just-drinks' full coverage of AG Barr and Britvic's proposed merger, click here.