FTC Files To Stop US Foods/Sysco Merger

The Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit last week against Sysco on the grounds that its proposal to purchase US Foods violates antitrust laws. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan states, “The loss of competition between Sysco and US Foods would raise costs for their customers and ultimately for anyone purchasing food served at hospitals, schools, hotels and restaurants.”

According to the FTC’s complaint, a combined Sysco-US Foods would have a 75 percent share of the U.S. market for what it calls broadline distribution services, or distributing a variety of food products with frequent and flexible delivery, customer service and other services such as menu planning. Sysco President and CEO Bill DeLaney states, ‘Essentially, we just have a very different view of the marketplace than the FTC does.’

To read more about the potential block on the merger between Sysco and US Foods, click here

New Ice-Cream Shop In West Village

The weather in New York right now doesn’t really leave us craving ice-cream, however Van Leeuwen’s new artisan ice cream shop in the West Village might change that! The shop, which started as an ice-cream truck in 2008, will offer all the classic and vegan flavors that are made in Greenpoint, as well as milkshakes, sundaes, pastries and Toby’s Estate coffee. There are still trucks in NYC and LA as well as existing shops in the East Village, Boerum Hill and Greenpoint.

The new outpost will also have its very own new and exclusive flavors: Cookies & Cream, Toasted Coconut, Orange Blossom Shortbread Pistachio, Milk Chocolate with Marcona Almonds, and Sichuan Peppercorn With Cherry Compote (wow). Laura O’Neill, co-owner of the shop with both Ben and Pete Van Leeuwen states, ‘We’ve always wanted to be a part of the West Village — it’s obviously so charming.’

A large flagship store in Williamsburg is also in the works which is scheduled to open by end of March. LA will also be opening two brick-and-mortar shops in the near future. O’Neill believes, ‘It’s only a matter of time before we expand to the rest of the country.” For now, stop by the West Village shop tomorrow between 1 and 4 p.m. for $1 scoops! For more information and pictures of the ice-cream, click here.