Those of us in the foodservice industry were originally surprised by the announced acquisition of US Foods by Sysco, however as the year progressed many assumed it was a “done deal.”   Not so, says the Federal Trade Commission.    Sysco’s promised divesture of 11 distribution facilities to Performance Food Group, as reported earlier in the month, apparently did not alleviate concerns that Sysco would control 75% of broad-line distribution resulting in increased pricing.  Sysco argues that due to many localized distribution options, they would only handle 30% of the foodservice distribution volume and efficiencies would be improved resulting in lower pricing.   This author does not have a crystal ball regarding pricing to operators, however manufacturers would certainly feel the pressure from a stronger Sysco with limited other national distribution options.   Stay Tuned.