Tag Archive 'monopoly'

Starbucks Accused of Abusing Monopoly Power in Violation of Sherman Act

Posted by TheShot on 25 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Starbucks

Independent coffee shops complaining that Starbucks muscled in on their turf and waged unfair competitive practices are nothing new. Starbucks buying up the competition is nothing new. What is new today, however, is a class action lawsuit filed against Starbucks. It claims that, among other anti-trust practices, Starbucks signs exclusive lease agreements with property managers […]

Stanford’s Boulevard Of Broken Beans

Posted by TheShot on 26 Jul 2006 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Roasting

Teri Hope, owner of the Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Company, was interviewed for today’s issue of the Metro about how her successful Palo Alto Roasting Company was shut down this year: News & Culture in Palo Alto, CA | Stanford Shopping Center. They may not have been the greatest local roaster in the Peninsula, but […]

Growing coffee: It’s black, no sugar

Posted by TheShot on 15 Apr 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade

Today MSNBC posted an article noting the discrepancy between the growing profits for coffee retailers and the declining wages for coffee growers: Growing coffee: It’s black, no sugar – Special Coverage – MSNBC.com. For example, a recent survey by the World Bank estimates that 540,000 laborers in Central America have lost their jobs because of […]