25 September 1998
Tomkins ordered to sell four flour mills

FOOD and engineering conglomerate Tomkins has been forced to sell off four of the six flour mills it acquired earlier this year from Irelands Kerry Group.

The announcement follows the Monopolies and Mergers Commission judgement that the best way to prevent adverse effects on the structure of the milling industry would be for Tomkins to sell its mills at Avonmouth, Liverpool, Newcastle and Tilbury.

Tomkins bought the six mills from Kerry in February for £92 million. The government has added an extra stipulation that Tomkins must not attempt to raise production of hard flour at the Cambridge mill it acquired from Kerry until at least 12 months after it has sold the four mills.