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These 11 Companies Control Everything About the Fourth of July

Claire explains why from hot dogs to beer to chips and even charcoal, you don’t have much of a choice in whom you pay to celebrate.

July 4, 2018  |  by Open Markets

On this July Fourth, as millions of people gather to grill, imbibe, and celebrate liberty, their shopping carts will tell a much darker story about power in America. Even though the average grocery store carries tens of thousands of products, Americans’ Independence Day shopping dollars overwhelmingly go to a tiny number of enormous companies.

From hot dogs and condiments to beer and charcoal, these Fourth of July favorites show just how concentrated the American food system—and entire economy—have become.

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