The US FTC and the Canadian Competition Authority adopt a similar approach to grocery mergers, requiring structural remedies (Albertsons / Sobeys / Loblaw)

GROCERY MERGERS IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA: SOMETHING TO CHEW ON* On January 27, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced a competition law remedy in respect of the Albertsons / Safeway grocery merger, requiring the divestiture of 168 supermarkets in 130 local markets in numerous states. This remedy is of particular interest from a Canadian competition law perspective in light of the recent completion of two Canadian grocery sector transactions, namely, Sobeys’ acquisition of Canada Safeway and Loblaw’s acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart, both of which resulted in divestitures. Several comparisons may be drawn between the approach taken by the U.S. FTC and the Canadian Competition Bureau in reviewing these mergers. Product Market The U.S. and Canadian authorities both

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Michael Kilby, The US FTC and the Canadian Competition Authority adopt a similar approach to grocery mergers, requiring structural remedies (Albertsons / Sobeys / Loblaw), 27 January 2015, e-Competitions Merger Remedies, Art. N° 71410

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