By Catherine Douglas Moran
Source: Grocery Dive

As Kroger and Albertsons prepare to fight the Federal Trade Commission’s objections to their proposed mega-merger, the grocers have options to refine their plan to assuage regulators’ concerns.

And the companies’ divestiture plan with C&S Wholesale Grocers is one key area analysts believe the grocers could address.

When the FTC issued its sharply worded challenge, the agency aimed some of its most critical assessments at the divestiture plan, which would see Albertsons sell more than 400 stores to C&S. The FTC claimed the companies’ proposal would offload a “hodgepodge” of divested assets that would be difficult for C&S — a company with “limited experience operating retail supermarkets” — to run competitively.

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