was in Sugar Land, TX, this past week (actually, 3 of the last 4 weeks). It is named after Imperial Sugar Company, who started there and for years made most of their refined sugar there.
While in a hotel mere moments from the old sugar factory which build the town, I was making some coffee and reached for the sugar packets - seeing the brand, I instinctively recoiled; I've not done Domino for years regardless. Then it struck me how odd our little society has become, that it is "cheaper" (only because of the 99.9% verus 0.1% thing...) to buy a packet of sugar from 1000+ miles away than it is to do the hometown thing and get it from literally down the street.
I know, I know, supply channels and etc. I do project management as a subset of my work - redesigning production processes, mostly - so part sourcing is something with which I'm familiar. /That/ it is cheaper is the sad thing, to me. Much like how we take whole chickens here in the US, ship them to China to be butchered, and they ship us back packaged chicken. That's just...sad. We're an inefficient, destructive species.