I find it interesting comments coming from a Ferrel North American/Ferrellgas employee. Inergy is doing all the things necessary to execute a long term growth plan. They have hired some of the most respected members of the propane industry...recent hire of Andy Ronald, formally of Enterprise. They continue to aquire strong independent retailers, like IPC in Texas. Yes, the wholesale and trading business appears important to the company, but the profit they are reporting stems primarily from retail sales.
So Big Dawg, you might want to do your homework prior to bashing your competitors.....it makes you look like the puppy sitting on the porch, instead of running with "other big dawgs."
PS: I think FG is a company founded by a strong leader in Jim Ferrell and I fully expect them to continue to provide leadership within the industry....I hope your attitudes are not a reflection of the the FGP leadership team.