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Friday, September 23, 2022

Statement from Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Kanter on the District Court’s Decision in U.S. v. U.S. Sugar and Imperial Sugar

Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Kanter issued the following statement regarding the District Court’s decision today in U.S. v. U.S. Sugar and Imperial Sugar.

"We are disappointed in the court’s decision not to block this merger, which would combine one of the largest sugar cane refiners with one of its primary competitors in the Southeastern United States and increase reliance on foreign imports. Further consolidation in the market for this important kitchen staple will have real-world consequences for millions of Americans. We are reviewing the opinion and will determine next steps shortly. We are, as always, grateful for the Antitrust Division staff’s tireless work protecting and promoting competition."

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Updated September 26, 2022