Geoff nailed it on the Whole Foods/Wild Oats affair last week. Always a day late and a dollar short, I’ve just written my own short piece on the FTC’s effort to block the merger of these two fancy grocers. My article appears on the website of the eSapience Center for Competition Policy (eCCP). You’ll have to register to read the whole piece, but you should do that anyway — the eCCP site is terrific.
I never understood why the government was so gung-ho about stopping supermarket and office supply store mergers, but sits idly by and allows the oil industry to essentially rebuild the old Standard Oil trust.
Sugar is another great example of a “special” industry controlled by a very few that negatively impacts the public.