Guest Post: A Louisiana Grocery Store Is Forced To Raise Milk Prices By State Regulators

Tyler Durden's picture

Via Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

You might have to read this post twice to make sure your eyes didn’t deceive you.  This article is actually completely different from my recent pieces on stealth inflation, but is even more infuriating.  In this case, a grocery store called Fresh Markets decided to sell milk at a bargain basement price as part of a promotion, yet the state has deemed the price “too low.”  As a result, the chain is being forced to raise the price.  Yep, at a time when millions are struggling every day to make ends meet, this is what the state of Louisiana has decided it a priority that the cost of milk is higher for consumers in the state.  This is exactly what happens when bureaucrats exert to much influence in our daily lives.  From the Daily Caller:

Louisiana state regulators recently cracked down on a supermarket chain’s weekly promotional deal because it was selling milk too cheaply — which violates state law.


The upscale Fresh Markets was selling gallons of milk for $2.99 as part of a weekly promotional deal. Louisiana requires that retailer price markups be at least six percent above the invoice and shipping costs of the product.


“They can sell it six percent over cost all day long. It’s when they sell it below cost that it becomes a problem,” State Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain told The Advocate.


After getting a complaint about Fresh Market’s promotional deal, Strain’s office sent an auditor to a French Markets store.


At least one Fresh Market shopper was outraged when he found that the state government had intervened to control the store’s milk prices.

No one can seem to put a banker in jail, but sell milk too cheap and regulators are all over you.  What a disgrace.

Full article here.

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waterhorse's picture

"No one can seem to put a banker in jail, but sell milk too cheap and regulators are all over you. What a disgrace."

Hasn't anyone told you yet that laws don't apply to banksters?

FL_Conservative's picture

Just wait until here's about that.

ihedgemyhedges's picture

I would give the chick that drew me in to this post my milk for free...

strannick's picture

Progressive Collectivism. A subtle mix of folly and corruption.

redpill's picture

“They can sell it six percent over cost all day long. It’s when they sell it below cost that it becomes a problem,” State Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain told The Advocate.

Uh, care to explain WHY that's a problem? Why can't they charge whatever they want?

tip e. canoe's picture

my fav post of 2013 so far


AldousHuxley's picture

you didn't milk that.....

look up milk subsidies for milk producers X miles away from city centers....


milk doesn't do you body is just liquid fat. it is unnatural for old people to consume (lactose intolerance)



just drink water.



francis_sawyer's picture

can't make cheese, or butter without milk... [OH ~ WELL, MAYBE YOU CAN THERE GEORGE JETSON]...

AldousHuxley's picture

so milk producer subsidies = subsidies for the entire dairy industry


enough fat poor people already in America. They can live with less cheese and butter. Save on healthcare costs.

MiguelitoRaton's picture

We the people are the government's new milk cows

ThirdWorldDude's picture

Redpill, the answer to your question is because Fresh Market's low prices are bad for big corporations' business. Guess that small company can't offer much in "political donations" to the crooks occupying Louisiana local offices. Free lobbyist market is all that's left of capitalism's free markets and these fasci symptoms are getting more and more prevalent throughout the developed world!

Ask SuddenDebt how farmers in Belgium feel...

A Nanny Moose's picture

The "Competition" doesn't like that

SafelyGraze's picture

hayden sez 'wazzup'

"i think milk is an incredible thing to put in your body"

take *that* all you haterz who think that milk should not be put into the body

krispkritter's picture

I'm betting any number of ZH'ers would like to put their incredible thing in her body...

AgShaman's picture

Time for lactating, single moms to step in and provide an alternate market solution

A Nanny Moose's picture

Can't do that. Where would you put the picture of a missing child?

Capitalist10's picture

A clear violation of the "Anti-dog-eat-dog" laws.

eatthebanksters's picture

I'm waiting for Atlas to shrug...the moochers and the looters are making their presence's fucked up.

redpill's picture

What's to come may put anything that could have come out of Ayn Rand's imagination to shame.

A Nanny Moose's picture

We've already been through on Dark Age. I suppose it's about time for another.

smlbizman's picture

the brilliant william donald schafer the blatimore mayor than govenor, put a floor under gas that it cannot be sold below cost..not fair he as these deep pocket super stops, farm store, wawa. that are typically within view of each other, would probably engage in gas wars to attract the coffee buyer.....nope....but now with gas taxes so important to these busted blue states dwindeling. they would just steal those savings by more taxes at the pump and wholesale level....

knukles's picture

Mention this to one of my collectivist atheistic stateist uber-liberal golf buds and his answer was ....

             Are you ready?

             You sure?

             Get ready.....

Need some more regulations about it.


(testes feel very strange sensation whenever I hear something like that....)

secret_sam's picture

That's Louisiana in a nutshell, for sure.  Collectivist atheistic stateist uber-liberal.

youngman's picture

Is that a picture of becky Quick after Warren tell me it ain´t so...

wee-weed up's picture

How about a milk adverisment poster with Becky Quick sporting a white upper lip saying...

"Got Warren?"

john39's picture

because they sold raw dairy... big brother will never allow raw dairy...  because, quite simply, it is good for you.

buckethead's picture

That is utterly fucking heartbreaking.

Not to mention infuriating.

mess nonster's picture

Didn't you know that "DC" stands for "Dairy Council"?

PairOf3s's picture

Those state regulators really get on my teats!

Al Gorerhythm's picture

God gave us bankers. It's listed somewhere in the constitution that we were blessed withj them, classifying them as an inalienable right. It's God's work they're doing.

Slightly Insane's picture

What do you suppose would happen if you put a "Name that Government Official"?  I'm betting that some farmer might run his manure spreader accross his front lawn a few times .... just to show him what's in store for him.

Tyler, put a name on that IDIOT!

Fish Gone Bad's picture

The 99centsonly stores have been selling milk for $2.99/gallon for a while now.  Staters Brothers sells gallons of milk for $2.89.  I guess they need to be shut down as well.

world_debt_slave's picture

yep, the milk cartel, also the gov. goes after raw milk sellers and drinkers. Where I work we have Milk Monday's.

Vid on FDA going after raw milk producers for sale, making them dump their milk.

HoofHearted's picture

You should see the movie Farmageddon. It's a crying shame what those bastards do to honest people. Eventually somebody's gonna get pissed, and we'll see Waco all over again. 

Not a threat...just a prediction. And I'm no Nostradamus.

otto skorzeny's picture

don't be so afraid of big brother

Renewable Life's picture

Ya, but this time, lets hope it's not a bunch of petifile, religious lunatics, having delusions of Christ returning, and hope its just dozens of law abiding, average hard working Americans, that have been pushed to the limit! If the government EVER makes the mistake of getting into a stand off with these types in the central Midwest, this would be the spark, that sets this bitch ablaze!!!

I can promise you, if they ever do this, thousands if not tens of thousands of armed farmers and blue collar men, would converge on that site within hours! The Feds and State would be overwhelmed so fast, they would think they were in Iraq again!!!!

willwork4food's picture

What makes you think they were religious lunatics at Waco? To my recollection, it didn't matter if they were worshiping grasshopers according to the Bill of Rights.

Let's hope you're correct about the tens of thousands, but if they can demonize the families at Waco, they can demonize any dozen or so farmers and have the public crying for their scalps in record time. Think: MSN propoganda.

 The only way something effective will get done is for a massive revolt.