I don’t know if this is the case. There is a lot of venture capital money out there for companies to use to break into things.
For meat packing and food industry, often times those companies don’t start at a nationwide scale. You will have regional factories that scale up.
I mean, look at the beer brands that went from local brewery to national chains in the last few decades.
To think that startups can’t exist because of the current level of consolidation is weird. The only places where that is the case is with infrastructure heavy sectors, like power, etc.
Again, this is something that time will pan out.
In terms of meat packing, you have brands like Beyond Meat and Impossible foods as startups competing directly with the large meat industry companies. Innovation will always occur, and small agile companies is where most of that happens. They do tend to be bought up by the big brands, but to say that this won’t happen in the future is short sighted.
I am not saying that the current state of corporate consolidation is not a concern, but I guess I don’t see it as the largest driver of price increases and inflation.
If we really want to help small businesses and startups, we could nationalize healthcare. Benefits are such a humongous cost for small businesses.