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Koninklijke Ahold N.V./Safeway Inc., In the Matter of

Koninklijke Ahold N.V., the parent company of Giant Food Stores, LLC, agreed to sell a supermarket outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to settle charges that its proposed acquisition of the Genuardi's supermarket chain from Safeway Inc. otherwise would be anticompetitive. The transaction, if completed, would eliminate competition between Giant and Genuardi's.  To preserve competition in the local grocery market, the consent order requires Ahold to sell a supermarket in Newtown, Pennsylvania to McCaffrey's supermarkets.

Type of Action
Administrative
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
121 0055

Tops Markets LLC, In the Matter of

The Commission reached settlement agreement with Tops Markets LLC that protects consumers from the potential anticompetitive effects of Tops’ acquisition of the bankrupt Penn Traffic Company supermarket chain. To settle FTC charges that the acquisition was anticompetitive in several areas of New York and Pennsylvania, Tops agreed to sell seven Penn Traffic supermarkets to FTC-approved buyers in five grocery markets: Bath, Cortland, Ithaca, and Lockport, New York, as well as Sayre, Pennsylvania.

Type of Action
Administrative
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
101 0074
Docket Number
C-4295
Dec15

Sizing Up Food Marketing and Childhood Obesity

The Federal Trade Commission will host a public forum on December 15, 2009, titled “Sizing Up Food Marketing and Childhood Obesity.” The forum will assemble industry representatives, federal...

Whole Foods Market, Inc., and Wild Oats Markets, Inc.

The Commission sought a federal court temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction, and issued an administrative complaint, against Whole Food Market, Inc.’s proposed acquisition of Wild Oats Markets, Inc. According to the complaint, the approximately $670 million deal raised competition problems in 21 local markets where Whole Foods and Wild Oats both operated stores and were each other’s closest competitors among premium national and organic supermarkets. The district court granted the TRO, but subsequently denied the preliminary injunction, concluding that the merger’s likely effect would not be substantially to reduce competition in violation of Section 7 of the Clayton Act. The Commission appealed the district court’s ruling on grounds that the lower court failed to apply the proper legal standard that governs preliminary injunction applications by the Commission in Section 7 cases. The appellate court remanded the case to the district court for further proceedings to determine if the proposed $670 million deal raised competition problems in numerous local markets where Whole Foods and Wild Oats both operated premium natural and organic supermarkets. In a settlement on March 6, 2009, Whole Foods agreed to sell the name brand of Wild Oats, along with 32 of the company’s stores.

There is a related administrative proceeding.

Type of Action
Federal
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
0710114

Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, The, Inc., and Pathmark Stores, Inc., In the Matter of

The Commission intervened in the proposed $1.3 billion acquisition of Pathmark Stores by Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea (A&P), alleging the transaction would have reduced competition among grocery stores in the highly concentrated markets of Staten Island and Shirley, Long Island, New York. A&P operates stores under the A&P, A&P Super Foodmart, Food Basics, Food Emporium, Super Fresh, and Waldbaum’s banners. The Commission’s consent order required A&P to divest five supermarkets in Staten Island, and one supermarket in Shirley.

Type of Action
Administrative
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
071 0120

Koninklijke Ahold N.V. and Bruno's Supermarkets, Inc., In the Matter of

Ahold would be permitted to acquire Bruno's Supermarkets, Inc. under terms of a consent order, but would be required to divest two BI-LO supermarkets in Georgia -one Milledgeville, and one in Sandersville. The Commission's complaint charged that the acquisition as originally proposed would reduce competition in the retail sale of food and grocery items in supermarkets in the area and would eliminate direct competition between supermarkets owned and controlled by Ahold and those owned or controlled by Bruno's.

Type of Action
Administrative
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
0110247
Docket Number
C-

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and Supermercados Amigo, Inc.

A consent order settled Commission charges that Wal-Mart's proposed acquisition of the largest supermarket chain in Puerto Rico, Supermercados Amigo, Inc., would eliminate competition between supercenters and club stores owned or controlled by Wal-Mart and supermarkets owned or controlled by Arnigo. Under the consent order, Wal-Mart must divest four Amigo supermarkets in Cidra, Ponce, Manati, and Vega Baja, Puerto Rico to Supermercados Maximo.

Type of Action
Administrative
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
0210090
Docket Number
C-4066

Albertson's, Inc. and American Stores Company

The final order, modified after the public comment period, does not require the divestiture of a Lucky (American Stores Company) store in Lompoc, California to Ralph's. Albertson's Inc. agreed to divest 104 supermarkets and American Stores Company agreed to divest 40 supermarkets to settle charges that Albertson's acquisition of American Stores raises antitrust concerns in 57 markets in California, Nevada and New Mexico. The divestiture agreement is the largest retail divestiture of supermarkets ever required by the Commission to date.

Type of Action
Administrative
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
9810339
Docket Number
C-3986

Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.

A consent order permitted Winn- Dixie's acquisition of 68 supermarkets and other assets from bankrupt Jitney-Jungle Stores of America, Inc. The order prohibits Winn-Dixie, among other things, from acquiring any interest in four Jitney-Jungle supermarkets located in the following areas: Niceville, Gulf Breeze, and Destin, Florida; as well as the Gulfport-Biloxi area of Mississippi.  in addition, for 10 years, Winn-Dixie is prohibited from entering into or enforcing any agreement that restricts the ability of any person to operate a supermarket in the location of a former Winn-Dixie store.

Type of Action
Administrative
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
0110022
Docket Number
C-4001

Kroger Company, The, and Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.

The Commission authorized a preliminary injunction action in federal court alleging that Kroger's proposed acquisition of 74 Winn-Dixie supermarkets in would substantially lessen competition in several markets near and in Fort Worth, Texas.  The parties soonafter abandoned their merger plans.

Type of Action
Federal
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
0010057

Shaw's Supermarkets, Inc.

A consent order settled charges that Shaw's proposed acquisition of Star Markers, Inc. could eliminate supermarket competition and increase prices in the greater Boston metropolitan area. The consent order permits the acquisition and requires the divestiture of three Shaw supermarkets and seven Star markets in eight communities.

Type of Action
Administrative
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
9910075
Docket Number
C-3934

Kroger Co., The, and Fred Meyer, Inc., In the Matter of

Final order requires Kroger and Fred Meyer Stores, Inc. to divest eight supermarkets to settle charges that the acquisition of Fred Meyer would increase concentration and decrease competition in seven cities in Arizona, Wyoming, and Utah. Under terms of the order, two Smith's Food & Drug Centers will be sold to Nash-Finch Company; one "City Market" will be sold to Albertson's Inc.; and five supermarkets (two "City Markets"; two Fry's, and one Smith's) will be sold to Fleming Companies, Inc.

Type of Action
Administrative
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
9910024
Docket Number
C-3917