Sysco defends merger with US Foods

Sysco defends merger with US Foods

Company says proposed merger would be good for business

A high-powered team of some of the top antitrust litigators in the country has launched a vigorous defense on behalf of Sysco Corp. of the proposed $8.2 billion merger between the foodservice distribution giant and US Foods.

The defense will hinge in part on the apparent disagreement within the Federal Trade Commission’s five commissioners, which issued a rare, split vote in favor of blocking the merger. The vote was 3-2, and the FTC sued to block the deal on Thursday.

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