Extinct Supermarket Merchandise

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Post by TenPoundHammer » 12 Feb 2007 14:37

Here's another extinct store brand - President's Choice. Glen's and other Spartan Foods brands (Prevo's, Ashcraft's,* Family Fare, Oleson's, Tom's, etc.) carried them. I remember that President's Choice made a very interesting (and tasty) flavor of potato chips - they were barbeque, sour cream & onion, salt & vinegar, sour cream & cheddar - ALL ON THE SAME CHIP.

Now, Spartan Foods stores just use the "Spartan" label on their house brands, as well as Valu Time products (the latter are available at other stores). Spartan-brand grocery stores aren't discount grocers, however.

(*Prevo's and Ashcraft's have been swallowed by Glen's.)

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Post by Dean » 12 Feb 2007 14:58

TenPoundHammer wrote:Here's another extinct store brand - President's Choice. Glen's and other Spartan Foods brands (Prevo's, Ashcraft's,* Family Fare, Oleson's, Tom's, etc.) carried them.
I remember LUCKY carrying this line. The line was, "President's Choice. Only at LUCKY."

Comically, I was in the east, and shopped @ ACME. Same line, "President's Choice. Only at ACME."

I believe a number of the products stated PRODUCT OF CANADA.

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Post by Dean » 12 Feb 2007 14:59

Before the demise of Alpha Beta...the chain carried SUNNY SELECT items.

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Post by Groceteria » 12 Feb 2007 15:03

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.

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Post by rich » 12 Feb 2007 21:57

President's Choice is used by quite a few regional chains. Harris-Teeter used it when they were in Atlanta. Loblaw is part of the George Weston Foods empire (a large multi-national food processor based in Canada) which makes a lot of this stuff. Weston had made products for National Tea when they owned them, and got into the bigger world of US house brand products through generics (which they "invented") and bulk foods (which they also pioneered).

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Post by Daniel » 12 Feb 2007 23:26

True, Sunny Select was originally a joint effort between Save Mart and Raley's. However, when I was in a Raley's two weeks ago, I noticed Sunny Select had been phased out in favor of the "Raley's/Bel-Air Fine Foods" label. Whether or not these products are made in the same facilities as Sunny Select products I couldn't tell you.

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Post by TheStranger » 13 Feb 2007 00:53

Groceteria wrote:Yucaipa used Sunny Select as a house brand for a time as well, which is probably why you saw it in Alpha Beta.
In the early 90s, my family bought Sunny Select milk from the local QFI (Yucaipa-owned at the time) supermarket, and I'm pretty sure Cala had it as well then.
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Post by Super S » 13 Feb 2007 14:43

Fred Meyer carried President's Choice starting in the mid-90s. The brand was eventually scaled back, then I believe it disappeared entirely at Fred Meyer under Kroger ownership.

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Post by Dean » 14 Feb 2007 10:09

Mr. Host~

The SCOTCH BUY posting has made me question:

Did SAFEWAY carry this line IN ADDITION to their other store brands? For example, it seems like CRAGMONT soft drinks were around forever.

Do you recall if BOTH lines were carried for certain product lines simultaneously?

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Post by Groceteria » 14 Feb 2007 11:47

Dean wrote:Do you recall if BOTH lines were carried for certain product lines simultaneously?
I can't say for sure, but I think I've seen Safeway-branded products from the same era. I think Kroger and A&P maintained their own store brands while adding their respective "generic" lines, so it wouldn't surprise me if Safeway did the same.

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Post by rich » 14 Feb 2007 11:58

Yes--all the generics worked this way. "Scotch Buy" was around (on a small number of items" into the 90s, along side all the usual safeway brands. They seemed to phase it out around the time they brought in "Safeway Select". The generics were okay for canned goods and other stuff that was unlikely to be th focal point of a meal. The paper goods were basically useless.

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Post by Jason B. » 23 Feb 2008 02:04

Oscar Mayer seems to be reducing the variety of luncheon meats in its product line. "New England Brand Sausage" was commonly found on supermarket shelves in the 1980s; now it appears to be gone.

I'm sure the Campbell's soup line, for example, has also changed its varieties over the years.

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Post by maynesG » 23 Feb 2008 18:21

Did somebody mention Monk Fish? MonkFish is known as poor mans lobster and now sells for 9.99 lb and is now considered a week end only item in Acmes Butcher Block. i think you could be confused with pollock a cheap whitefish that is used for in Sea Food Chunks, lobster cunks and Sea Food Salads. Does any one remember Quake Cereal. Quaker made Quisp and Quake
They were the same cereal back in the late 70!s The Oats Company had an election so the public could vote wich one to keep.

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Post by drpep » 23 Feb 2008 20:38

TheStranger wrote: Maybe they should rename M&M's to "Skittles Chocolate".
There are now chocolate Skittles.

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Post by jamcool » 25 Feb 2008 02:26

rich wrote:Yes--all the generics worked this way. "Scotch Buy" was around (on a small number of items" into the 90s, along side all the usual safeway brands. They seemed to phase it out around the time they brought in "Safeway Select". The generics were okay for canned goods and other stuff that was unlikely to be th focal point of a meal. The paper goods were basically useless.

Safeway has brought back the "Scotch Buy" concept with its new "Basic RED" brand.

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