October 27, 1990. Two of the biggest groups in the Danish food manufacturing industry both with massive stakes in UK grocery markets will join forces. MD Foods, the £1.3 billion dairy co-operative which is the main supplier of Lurpak butter to the UK, and Tulip International, the £550m turnover meats group group which merged the processing arms of Danepak, Tulip, Jaka and Normeat, will, according to Danish sources, merge. Executives at SIAL in Paris this week predicted that the marriage would be consummated within the next three years. {{COUNTERPOINT }}