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By Peyton Bigora
Source: Grocery Dive

When Kroger and Albertsons announced their intention last October to combine into a single grocery company, the retailers instantly set off a firestorm of pushback from a wide range of critics worried the merger would squash competition and disenfranchise shoppers.

One year later, the complex deal remains as controversial as ever. As the two grocery giants wait for the Federal Trade Commission to weigh in on their merger plan, they continue to face heavy opposition from state officials, unions, consumer groups and other critics determined to stop Kroger and Albertsons from winning clearance for their proposed $24.6 billion transaction.

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