Efficiencies and High Concentration: Heinz Proposes to Acquire Beech-Nut (2001)
in John E. Kwoka, Jr. & Lawrence J. White, eds., The Antitrust Revolution: Economics, Competition, and Policy (5th ed. 2009).
33 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2017
Date Written: 2009
This chapter discusses the FTC’s court challenge, in 2001, to the proposed merger of two baby food producers, Heinz and Beech-Nut. The chapter describes the economic issues at stake in the litigation, with a particular focus on the possibility that efficiencies could justify a merger in an industry in which post-merger concentration would be high.
Keywords: antitrust, mergers, efficiency defense
JEL Classification: K21, L40
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