E & J Gallo Winery/Constellation Brands, In the Matter of

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Pending
In the Matter of E. & J. Gallo Winery, a corporation; Dry Creek Corporation, a corporation; and Constellation Brands, Inc., a corporation.
FTC Matter/File Number:

191 0110

Docket Number:

C-4730

Enforcement Type:

Part 2 Consents

Case Summary

Wine and spirits maker E. & J. Gallo Winery has agreed to divest several product lines and remove certain others from its asset purchase agreement with competitor Constellation Brands, Inc. to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that their proposed $1.7 billion transaction would violate federal antitrust law. The complaint alleges that unremedied, the proposed acquisition would eliminate head-to-head competition between Gallo and Constellation and thereby was likely to substantially lessen competition in the United States for six types of wine-and-spirits products: entry-level on-premise sparkling wine, low-priced sparkling wine, low-priced brandy, low-priced port, low-priced sherry, and high color concentrates.The FTC announced approval of the final order in April 2021.