By DAVID PIZZAWASHINGTON—In the years to come, foodstuff giants like Walmart, Kroger and Whole Foods will be required to give up some of their exclusivity in some markets.
That means those companies could be forced to sell more products outside of their traditional markets to boost their bottom lines.
That’s because of a rule that could mean some of those companies would have to compete on the same level as companies like Amazon and Walmart.
The rules, which were issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in December, are the result of an antitrust investigation of the food industry.
The rule changes are part of a broader effort by regulators to encourage more competition among foodstacks and other companies, including companies like Kroger that are facing a decline in sales.
The USDA said last month that it would conduct a study of whether such changes could help boost food sales.
The department did not immediately respond to requests for comment on whether it planned to publish those findings in the coming months.
The agency has said that it is concerned that the rule could encourage consolidation among the major foodstack chains like Kroz and Kroger.
Walmart, for example, has been in the process of selling off its entire food division, including some brands like Cheetos and Doritos.
“There are a lot of opportunities for consolidation,” said Steve Vladeck, who is leading the USDA’s antitrust unit.
“And if it doesn’t get done in the short-term, it’s going to have ramifications for years to see.”
The rule, which is aimed at expanding competition among the big foodstacking chains, also would limit how large the company could be.
The agency said it would allow companies to buy up smaller players and then sell off those companies.
The USDA, which has been trying to get more people to use its online shopping platform and mobile apps to shop, is also trying to encourage online shopping and online delivery services.
The changes come amid the continued consolidation in the food business, which was one of the biggest drivers of the U,S.
economy last year.
In the last two years, food companies have been closing stores as they face declining sales.
Walmart alone has cut more than 40,000 jobs since the beginning of the year, and Kroz has shut its distribution center in Illinois and plans to shut a plant in New York.
Walmart’s latest layoffs came just days after the company announced it was cutting 1,200 jobs in the United States and Canada.
But the USDA is also under pressure to encourage competition among companies, particularly because of the ongoing drought in some areas of the country.
“The agency’s goal is to encourage innovation and investment in our nation’s food supply chain to improve the efficiency and quality of our supply chains and our economy,” said USDA Assistant Secretary for Antitrust Robert Smith in a statement.
Some of the rules that the USDA issued in December will affect the companies that make food products for sale in the U., including many foodstamps.
While foodstamp rules allow retailers to sell products that are manufactured in the country where they are sold, the agency said the rules will not allow those products to be sold in countries where they don’t meet U.A.E. standards.
This means foodstamers will be limited to foods that meet the rules of the countries they sell to, including countries where there is a lack of food safety and regulatory oversight.
The foodstamping rules, like those that preceded them, were designed to help companies compete in countries with less regulation and less government oversight, said Dan Futterman, chief executive of the advocacy group Food Democracy Now!.
“There is a lot that the Food and Drug Administration can do to address the needs of the consumer and the consumer is going to continue to benefit,” he said.
Last year, Futtermans group sent a letter to the USDA urging it to change the rules so that foodstams would not be able to buy products made overseas from countries that don’t have the same standards for food safety or safety-certification requirements.
As a result of that letter, Futermans group received a letter from the USDA asking it to reconsider the rules.
The USDA declined to comment on the matter.
The government has said the rule would help the food system.
Kroger said last week that it expects the rule to help the U to compete in other countries and in the future.
Futtermans statement on the rules came after the U of A announced that it will end its contract with the USDA, citing the drought and other factors.
On Thursday, the University of California, Berkeley, announced it will close its foodservice campus, a move that is expected to cost the university nearly $2 million over the next year.
The University of Maryland and