Biden FTC sues to block largest ever supermarket merger between Kroger and Albertsons

The Federal Trade Commission announced on Monday that it is suing to block Kroger and Albertsons from merging.

The FTC is arguing that Kroger’s $24.6 billion acquisition of Albertsons, the largest supermarket merger in history, is anti-competitive and would lead to higher grocery prices for consumers as well as lower-quality products and services. The FTC also contends it would hurt workers at grocery stores across the country.

“This supermarket mega merger comes as American consumers have seen the cost of groceries rise steadily over the past few years,” said Henry Liu, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. “Kroger’s acquisition of Albertsons would lead to additional grocery price hikes for everyday goods, further exacerbating the financial strain consumers across the country face today.”

The FTC, which under President Joe Biden has been critical of major mergers, argues that
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