The Sysco headquarters in Houston Texas

The Sysco headquarters in Houston, Texas.

Experts: Despite injunction, Sysco–US Foods has changed distribution

Food distribution industry will likely change, observers say, despite ruling delaying merger

The decision Tuesday by a U.S. District Court judge to grant an injunction delaying the merger of Sysco Corp. and US Foods Inc. will likely kill a deal that has been in the works for two years.

But that doesn’t mean the food distribution industry won’t change — or that it hasn’t changed already.

“The judge’s decision doesn’t mark the end of a period of disruption, but the beginning,” said Debra Bachar, a food industry consultant who has closely watched the merger. “The

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