Nestle Holdings, Inc., and Ralston Purina Company

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In the Matter of Nestle Holdings, Inc., and Ralston Purina Company
FTC Matter/File Number:

0110083

Docket Number:

C-4028

Enforcement Type:

Part 2 Consents

Case Summary

Nestle settled antitrust charges that its $10.3 billion proposed acquisition of Ralston Purina Company would substantially lessen competition in the United States market for dry cat food through the elimination of direct competition between the two firms and increase the likelihood that the combined firm could unilaterally exercise market power. The order requires the divestiture of Ralston's Meow Mix and Alley Cat brands to J.W. Childs Equity Partners II,L.P.

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