Date: Jan 10, 2023 — Western Growers BB #:144734 joined the California Fresh Fruit Association and Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association BB #:327981 to send a letter to Lina Khan, Chair of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), opposing the merger between Kroger BB #:100073 and Albertsons BB #:193326.
With a merger of this size, Western Growers recognizes the importance of combining voices to advocate for shippers and family farmers to protect negotiation leverage and profit margins. The long-term success of farmers who grow specialty crops is contingent upon increasing retail opportunities, not limiting them.
If Kroger and Albertsons are allowed to move forward with this merger, the space for competitive negotiation currently allowed by growers will be greatly reduced.
The consequences of a merger between Kroger and Albertsons for growers, shippers and consumers is foreseeable. It’s the hope that a galvanized voice against this proposed action will inspire Khan and the FTC to reject this deal.