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There's a small home-run business around where I live. They sell and deliver dairy products like milk and cheese, as well as my favourite soy milk. Since purchasing it from the local supermarket chain means I am supporting a business that sells meat and dairy anyway, I figure it's best to get it from this small business (even if it costs more); money stays within the community and doesn't go off to some fat-assed CEO, corporate whores, or Ma 'n' Pa investors.<br><br><br><br>
There's one type of soy milk they don't get, and since it is made (distributed) by the same company that does the soy milk they DO sell, I enquired about it.<br><br><br><br>
And guess what.... the distributor and a certain supermarket chain (Woolworths) have a deal: it can't be distributed to and sold by small businesses.<br><br><br><br>
I love consumer freedom of choice.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Kurmudgeon</i><br><br><b><br><br>
There's one type of soy milk they don't get, and since it is made (distributed) by the same company that does the soy milk they DO sell, I enquired about it.<br><br><br><br>
And guess what.... the distributor and a certain supermarket chain (Woolworths) have a deal: it can't be distributed to and sold by small businesses.<br><br><br><br>
I love consumer freedom of choice.</b></div>
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What brand of soy milk is this?
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Kiz</i><br><br><b>What brand of soy milk is this?</b></div>
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Vitasoy "Fresh lite calci-plus"... it comes in the tall thin green carton.<br><br>
The one I would like to get from this small business is the Vitasoy "Lush Berry" soy milk (that is just SOOOOOO nice).
 

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There is a little European style bakery/deli near Seadolphin's house. I try to go there for coffee rather than the Starbuck next door. I asked one day why they don't serve lattes and such. Apparently it's in their lease that they can't so as not to compeate with Starbucks. Even though the bakery/ deli was there first. WTF! I guess the consumers don't get a choice in the matter?
 

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I didn't like how at this music festival last summer, the Red Cross was limited in how much water it could give out to thirsty people because they weren't allowed to compete with the vendors. Sure, vendors are small businesses, but it just irks me to buy water for $4 a bottle. I only bought two such bottles the entire four days I was there. I found out who in the campground had the big water resources and who would share. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by RedStarJedi</i><br><br><b>There is a little European style bakery/deli near Seadolphin's house. I try to go there for coffee rather than the Starbuck next door. I asked one day why they don't serve lattes and such. Apparently it's in their lease that they can't so as not to compeate with Starbucks. Even though the bakery/ deli was there first. WTF! I guess the consumers don't get a choice in the matter?</b></div>
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The deli may have been there longer, but if Starbucks asked for a no compete clause in their rental agreement, then the landlord could have imposed one on the deli when their lease was renewed.
 

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I know Tame. It's frustrating that the landlord would stab an older tennant in the back, though they probably see Starbucks as a better prospect because it'd be easier to jack up the rent.
 

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D'ya think Starbucks and other big coffee shops will soon own all the rights to coffee? It wouldn't put me out much if they did since I detest coffee, but is it a possibility that that might happen?
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by skylark</i><br><br><b>D'ya think Starbucks and other big coffee shops will soon own all the rights to coffee? It wouldn't put me out much if they did since I detest coffee, but is it a possibility that that might happen?</b></div>
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No soon, but there is a possibility.<br><br><br><br>
There is a company that "owns" basmati rice.
 

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I wonder if this is why i can only find Melissa's brand Soyrizo (or most any of the products of that brand!) at Super Walmart ..<br><br>
It is rather disturbing to know that certain companies can own the rights to sell certain products.. You'd think that anti-trust laws would prevent such nonsense..
 

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that's why we can't buy electric cars yet, oil companies own the rights and won't let anyone sell them.
 

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speaking of the survival of the wealthiest, walmart is the most sued company in the u.s. it has dreadful labor practices, discriminates against women and gays and lesbians and carries products made by sweatshop labor. all of this stuff is sooo connected. the walmarts of the world are driving small independent business right out of existence. once they are the only game in town, they can call the shots and carry as diverse or homogenous a stock of products as they wish. it is very scary.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by ObsidianZebra</i><br><br><b>It is rather disturbing to know that certain companies can own the rights to sell certain products.. You'd think that anti-trust laws would prevent such nonsense..</b></div>
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There should be free trade all over the world, no restrictions whatsoever for companies. The WTO takes care of that.<br><br>
Surely those anti-globalist people can't be right, it's just scum looking for a nice change to start a riot <sic><br><br><br><br>
If you think this is strange, you should do some search on the MAI<br><br>
(Mulitlateral Agreement on Investments)<br><br>
If that is instated the world is "doomed"
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by 1vegan</i><br><br><b>No soon, but there is a possibility.<br><br><br><br>
There is a company that "owns" basmati rice.</b></div>
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Coffee is a generic product, and the "rights" to it cannot be sold as no one owns them.<br><br><br><br>
C'mon gang. Take your anti-corporate tinfoil hats off and go get some sunshine. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:">
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Tame</i><br><br><b>Coffee is a generic product, and the "rights" to it cannot be sold as no one owns them.<br><br></b></div>
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I wish that was true.<br><br><br><br>
If a company can claim the right on basmati-rice they surely can claim the right to a specific kind of coffee bean.<br><br>
Like arabica beans.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Coffee is a generic product, and the "rights" to it cannot be sold as no one owns them.</div>
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So companies like Monsanto really are genetically engineering foods out of the goodness of their heart. My faith in the corporate world is restored! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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It's disgusting what corporations (and the United States government) will try to patent/privatise; knowledge, plants, recipes, even cell lines of indigenous people. Nothing's safe.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by 1vegan</i><br><br><b>I wish that was true.<br><br><br><br>
If a company can claim the right on basmati-rice they surely can claim the right to a specific kind of coffee bean.<br><br>
Like arabica beans.</b></div>
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Nope. They can lay claim to a "name", but not to the only production of the product, with a few exceptions. For example, "vidalia" onions may only be grown in Vidalia, Georgia. If a company actually creates the product, perhaps by mixing two other strains to make a unique coffee bean, then they could patent the product.<br><br>
If the coffee bean is named because of where it is grown, and the company owns all means of production in that area, then yes, that "type" of bean can be produced by that company only.<br><br><br><br>
But to try and claim that those evil, nasty corporations can buy the "rights" to coffee simply shows a lack of knowledge about the issue.
 
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