Food

Just Eat’s takeover of Hungryhouse is under threat, and that’s a delicious thing

By Oliver Smith 9 October 2017
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Summary

The regulator won't "blindly swallow" what Just Eat is cooking.

Your choices of how to find a good Friday night curry are still plentiful, for now anyway.

In December 2016 we first raised concerns about Just Eat’s £200m takeover of Hungryhouse, calling on the market regulator to not “blindly swallow” the deal as a good thing.

The then CEO David Buttress said the deal had “big benefits to restaurants and consumers.”

Read more: Just Eat now has a monopoly on your Friday night takeaway & that’s bad for everyone

But the merging of these two vast platforms, which between them control access to the majority of Britain’s takeaway restaurants, would be a concerning development.

Less competition, less choice, and maybe higher prices are all worrying possibilities.

Now, some ten months later, it seems the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) hasn’t simply green-lighted the deal as Buttress predicted.

This week the CMA is due to publish its provisional findings on the takeover, after it flagged concerns that the deal might harm restaurants and consumers in June.

Let’s hope that Britain’s colourful takeaway market – with the likes of UberEats, Deliveroo, Hungryhouse and Just Eat all fighting to deliver – remains that way.