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Maryland joins federal opposition to Sysco merger
Maryland joins federal opposition to Sysco merger

Maryland has joined nine other states, the District of Columbia and the Federal Trade Commission in opposing a merger of the country's two largest food distribution companies on grounds that the union would create a near-monopoly in this region and potentially raise prices for consumers. The state became a party to the FTC's suit in U.S. District Court in Washington to stop the $8.2 billion merger between Sysco Corp. and US Foods Inc., first announced in December 2013. The merger would bring together the nation's No. 1 and No. 2 so-called "broadline" food distributors, which offer everything from chicken breasts and produce to spices and paper towels to...

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