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February 27, 2024 - Reading time: 2 minutes

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed a lawsuit against the proposed $24.6 billion acquisition of Albertsons by Kroger, stating that the combination of these two major grocers would result in higher prices for consumers and reduced wages for employees.

The FTC's administrative complaint alleges that this merger would lead to increased grocery price hikes, further exacerbating financial strain on American households already facing high inflation rates.

In addition to concerns about rising food costs, the FTC argues that the deal could also negatively impact workers by potentially reducing wages and benefits while deteriorating working conditions. Nine attorneys general from various states have joined this lawsuit in support of these claims.

Kroger has expressed its disagreement with the FTC's decision, stating that blocking the merger would actually harm consumers and employees. The company argues that a larger combined entity would be better equipped to compete against dominant retailers such as Walmart, Amazon, and Costco while also being able to lower prices for customers and increase wages for workers.

Albertsons has also criticized the FTC's decision, stating that it disregards the growing dominance of larger retailers in the market. The company believes this merger would strengthen its position against these dominant players.

The proposed deal between Kroger and Albertsons has been under scrutiny for over a year as federal and state regulators assess the potential impact on competition, prices, and workers' rights. This lawsuit comes at a time when inflation rates are already high, and concerns about food prices have become a significant political issue in the United States.

If approved, Kroger and Albertsons would create one of the largest grocery chains in the country, further narrowing the market share gap with Walmart. The combined company would operate approximately 5,000 stores across the U.S., merging two dozen supermarket banners such as Fred Meyer, Ralphs, Safeway, Acme, and Tom Thumb.

In an effort to address antitrust concerns, Kroger announced plans to sell over 400 stores along with other assets like distribution centers and private brands to Piggly Wiggly owner C&S Wholesale Grocers.

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