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Retailer Market Power

From: Grocery Story


This chapter describes retailer market power– current and historical– in the United States, as well as efforts to contain this power. The 1980s and the US Regan administration’s "laisse faire" approach reversed a century of anti-trust enforcement. Leveraged buyouts and the rise of Walmart (leaving a trail of competing chain bankruptcies) is described. The chapter ends with a QR code to an online resouce of U.S. and Canadian grocery giants and the many banners they operate.



John Steinman

Jon Steinman is the producer and host of Deconstructing Dinner, the internationally syndicated radio show and podcast (2006-2010) and streaming television series. Jon coordinates and curates the annual Deconstructing Dinner Film Festival and was an elected director from 2006-2016 of the Kootenay Co-op, Canada’s largest independent retail consumer food co-op, serving as Board President from 2014-2016. He lives in Nelson, BC.