On dairy monopolies and electric monopolies
: Tempted to oppose this alternative non-merger merger between Hood and National Dairy
. But the feds closed the proverbial barn door too late when it comes to dairy monopolies in New England -- and some sort of alliance may be necessary to take on ‘industry behemoth’ Dean Foods, owner of Garelick Farms, West Lynn Creamery, Cumberland Farms, and Nature's Best Dairy. ... How and why the feds (and state) allowed the formation of such a dairy monopoly, I’ll never know. ... Message to local bloggers: Support competition, buy Hood products for the time being. Thank you.
... Meanwhile, Exelon Corp
. controls 70 percent of all power-generating capacity in the Boston area, so excuse me if Hub Blog is a little skeptical about Exelon’s plan to close local power plants. I know, I know. Its new generator will more than make up for lost capacity and lead to cleaner, more efficient energy -- one of the main goals of electric deregulation. But 70 percent market share is still 70 percent market share -- and another goal of deregulation was competition. ... Exelon. The name alone gives me the shivers.