Extinct Supermarket Merchandise

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Re: Extinct Supermarket Merchandise

Post by submariner » 06 Dec 2008 14:46

Jeff wrote:TAKE MOTHERS COOKIES OFF THE LIST OF EXTINCT MERCH!

From the OC Register:

Kellogg saves Mother’s Cookies
December 5th, 2008, 3:57 pm · 5 Comments · posted by Nancy Luna, Staff Writer

Thank God for Kellogg. The food giant has bought the rights to the trademarks and recipes of Mother’s Cake & Cookie Co., a move that will save the famous pink and white cookies from extinction.

Here’s what the Associated Press had to say:

“Kellogg will use its understanding of the cookie category and distribution infrastructure to expand sales of Mother’s Cookies. The company said it plans to reintroduce many of Mother’s Cookies most popular cookies. Its brands include iced animal crackers, sandwich cookies and wire cut cookies.”
Mother's Cookies

Mother's Cookies will make a comeback

Kellogg also makes Frosted Flakes, Cheez-Its and Eggo waffles.

Read full AP story here

This news should please many Maven readers. Many of you expressed dismay when I wrote that the cookie maker had closed its manufacturing plant in mid-Octboer after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

We no longer have to mourn

Great! it's good to know they'll live on...
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Re: Extinct Supermarket Merchandise

Post by hojos » 10 Dec 2008 21:39

Another long-lost brand of popcorn was "TV Time" Popcorn, which came in a pre-measured pouch, with one side containing the popcorn and the other side, a butter flavored shortening/salt mixture. You emptied both sides of the pouch in a saucepan or popcorn popper. A similar, but short-lived brand, was "Merry Poppin' " popcorn.
That actually still exists. My parents LOVE the stuff, and my mom orders it off of Amazon by the CASE.

As far as Rotel goes, I think its more of a Southern thing. I never have a hard time finding it down here (thank god).

I miss two freezer products. One I think might've been a Piggly-Wiggly exclusive: Viennese Ice Cream cake. It was so good. The other was I think a Dannon product. It was frozen yogurt that came in pyramid-shaped paper containers. You'd rip off the top and squeeze the frozen yogurt out. This would have been the late '80s or early '90s. My grandfather and I loved them.

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Post by VibeGuy » 17 Dec 2008 16:37

hojos wrote:

I miss two freezer products. One I think might've been a Piggly-Wiggly exclusive: Viennese Ice Cream cake. It was so good.
I wonder if this was a knockoff of Breyer's/Unilever "Vienetta" - a decorated loaf of ice cream and wafer-thin chocolate coating (like the shell of an eskimo pie, but layered into the ice cream), which, astonishingly, I just saw featured for the first time in at *least* a decade in a local market.

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Post by submariner » 24 Dec 2008 19:40

here's a trip for ya... My Aunt collects antique products (that she actually finds in various locations around her mother's house) and uses them for decoration...:

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Post by tesg » 24 Dec 2008 22:35

It really says something that on Christmas Eve, I would be sitting around thinking about nothing in particular and suddenly remember...

FREAKIES!!!!

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Post by Brian Lutz » 05 Jan 2009 03:50

James Lileks just put up an old Lucky matchbook depicting a can of Lady Lee peaches that should interest some people here:

http://www.lileks.com/match/gallery/316.html
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Post by RoleModel » 24 Jan 2009 21:31

Jason B. wrote:In the early 1980s (an era of "stagflation"), many supermarket chains had aisles dedicated to "generic" private label products. (The Lucky Stores generic line had canary yellow packaging with simple bold black typeface.)
I remember Pathmark's No Frills generic label products. They were quite good actually.

I think they are somewhat making a comeback. Stop and Shop/Giant has the Guaranteed Value products now - from OJ to franks 'n beans to cookies and bacon.

Here's the link: http://www.stopandshop.com/our_stores/o ... tm?brnd=GV

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Post by RobJC » 26 Jan 2009 22:56

Gallon jugs of Pink Fabric Softener were just removed from Shop Rite's product line. A gallon of softener for $1.69. Gone..... and powdered laundry detergent in rectangle boxes.

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Post by Groceteria » 07 Feb 2009 23:31

Groceteria wrote:I have a bottle of Kroger Cost Cutter wine which I think may still be with some stuff I have stored at my parents' house. If I can get over there tomorrow, I'll post a picture. I always thought the idea of generic label wine was a scream...
OK, so it only took me two years (almost to the day), but here it is:

A fine 1988 Kroger Cost Cutter Lambrusco. For those moments when you wanted something classier than malt liquor. But not much classier.

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Post by Andrew T. » 07 Feb 2009 23:48

Groceteria wrote:OK, so it only took me two years (almost to the day), but here it is:

A fine 1988 Kroger Cost Cutter Lambrusco. For those moments when you wanted something classier than malt liquor. But not much classier.
Ah, so it's true: Cost Cutter does have everything! Hilarious.

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Re: Extinct Supermarket Merchandise

Post by Daniel » 15 Feb 2009 15:37

Oh, my! That reminds me of the "Thrifty" store brand liquor they used to sell before becoming Rite Aid! That stuff looked so bad I don't even think a wino would have touched it!

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Post by rich » 15 Feb 2009 16:23

Ralphs used to (maybe still does) have its own brand of liquor--probably best used to clean engine parts. The Cost Cutter Lambrusco is funny in that generics and Lambrusco are both very much products of the stagmflation days of the 70s. Lambrusco was a step up from Boone's Farm et al. (which are around), but a notch below Mateus Rose, whose bottles graced many a dorm room.

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Post by Dean » 21 Feb 2009 12:39

LIBBYLAND kids frozen meals:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGtqsT5UVnI

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Post by Dean » 21 Feb 2009 13:00

Groceteria wrote:Sunny Select and Presidents Choice are not extinct. PC still exists in Canada (it's owned by Loblaw), and I'm betting it's still sold in certain parts of the US as well.

Sunny Select is a trademark owned, I believe, buy a joint distribution venture of Save-Mart and Raley's, who still carry these products as their house brand. Yucaipa used Sunny Select as a house brand for a time as well, which is probably why you saw it in Alpha Beta.
Bit o' history on President's Choice:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President%27s_Choice

Commercial:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yUPtERDIDE

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Post by Brian Lutz » 21 Feb 2009 15:13

I remember seeing President's Choice products at Fred Meyer roughly up until they got bought by Kroger, at which point they began switching their store brand products to Kroger's various brands.
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