Extinct Supermarket Merchandise

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Re: Extinct Supermarket Merchandise

Post by Gunter Caddington » 20 Aug 2010 16:00

Okay, here's one ... Kiora (Sp?)

It was a brand of soda in various fruit flavors (I think the usual citrus varieties, plus maybe cherry) with a "dairy" base. Kind of like a carbonated melted creamsicle in a glass bottle.

It was around in the mid 1970's--about the time I graduated San Jose State and moved back to Los Angeles for a few years. The Kiora either was not distributed in Southern California, or was discontinued there first--as I would have visitors from the north bring down bottles of the stuff. I might have even carried a few bottles on the plane myself, back when you could drag large quantities of liquids in glass bottles onto airplanes! Just taking a quick look on the web, it looks like Kiora has a British or Australian history.

On the flip side, after I moved back to Northern California in the late 1970's, I would have my brother bring up cases of Aspen from the south. I don't think Aspen was ever distributed up here.

Finally, I miss Quaker Multigrain Hot Cereal. Last time I looked it wasn't truly discontinued--but in extremely limited distribution. It could be ordered from the Company Web-site, but if I recall the shipping charges were about a zillion $$$. BTW, anyone remember when Quaker owned Jos. A. Bank Clothiers--back in Quaker's truly conglomerate days?

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Re: Extinct Supermarket Merchandise

Post by maynesG » 21 Aug 2010 20:02

Hi, Yes I worked for Quaker Oats when they owned JA Banks, The Magic Pan, Fisher Price
Eye Lab ( I believe it was Eye Lab or one of its competitors) and Burry Cookies. We had a nice perk as employes we had a 10 per cent discount at Banks, the Magic Pan and Eye Lab
as well as coupons for Fisher Price Toys. There were others but I can!t seem to recall the names any more,

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Re: Extinct Supermarket Merchandise

Post by jamcool » 22 Aug 2010 00:55

It was a brand of soda in various fruit flavors (I think the usual citrus varieties, plus maybe cherry) with a "dairy" base. Kind of like a carbonated melted creamsicle in a glass bottle.

It was around in the mid 1970's--about the time I graduated San Jose State and moved back to Los Angeles for a few years. The Kiora either was not distributed in Southern California, or was discontinued there first--as I would have visitors from the north bring down bottles of the stuff. I might have even carried a few bottles on the plane myself, back when you could drag large quantities of liquids in glass bottles onto airplanes! Just taking a quick look on the web, it looks like Kiora has a British or Australian history.

On the flip side, after I moved back to Northern California in the late 1970's, I would have my brother bring up cases of Aspen from the south. I don't think Aspen was ever distributed up here.

Finally, I miss Quaker Multigrain Hot Cereal. Last time I looked it wasn't truly discontinued--but in extremely limited distribution. It could be ordered from the Company Web-site, but if I recall the shipping charges were about a zillion $$$. BTW, anyone remember when Quaker owned Jos. A. Bank Clothiers--back in Quaker's truly conglomerate days?[/quote]

Anyone remember Rondo? It was a lemon soda that had its origins in Australia and was distributed by Coke. It came out in the late 70s and seemed to disappear in the 80s

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Re: Extinct Supermarket Merchandise

Post by jamcool » 22 Aug 2010 01:00

Quaker also owned at one time Marx Toys, and made that one big acquisition that led to the merger with Pepsi...Stokley-Van Camp, who gave the world Gatorade.

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Re: Extinct Supermarket Merchandise

Post by Gunter Caddington » 25 Aug 2010 19:29

jamcool wrote:Anyone remember Rondo? It was a lemon soda that had its origins in Australia and was distributed by Coke. It came out in the late 70s and seemed to disappear in the 80s
Ah, yes. Rondo. If I remember correctly, Rondo had two lives. It was first introduced as some sort of "high class" soda with subtle taste and carbonation. I guess Rondo wasn't selling too well, as it was repositioned as "Rondo! Lightly carbonated so you can SLAM IT DOWN" in commercials with a lot of frenetic people engaged in various activities. I wonder if the makers amped up the caffiene content in the stuff.

I recall reacting with more than a chuckle the first time I saw one of the "Rondo II" commercials.

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Re: Extinct Supermarket Merchandise

Post by maynesG » 26 Aug 2010 06:55

Hi, Yes Quaker purchased Stokley Van Camp who had the vastly under financed product
sold warm, in only three markets in the country, Gatorade! It doubled the companies
volume and the stock split.
This led to the Anderson- Clayton purchase that led to old dying pet food brands
that Clayton was over financing with trade deals that were three times higher then the
industry average to buy volume, so that they could sell the company. Quaker returned
this to the industry average, added their sales force and it adventualy led the
company to near ruin and the sale to Pepsi.
Quaker also purchased the Comapny that makes Rice A Roni, SanLeandro Pasta and
is also a famous Chocolate Maker ( The name escapes me) Thet took Rice A Roni,
Nances Mustards /Toppings, Anderson Claytons and Quakers Pet Line combined them
into one unit that was called Noodles and Poodles by its sales force.

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Re: Extinct Supermarket Merchandise

Post by Gunter Caddington » 26 Aug 2010 15:25

maynesG wrote:Quaker also purchased the Comapny that makes Rice A Roni, SanLeandro Pasta and
is also a famous Chocolate Maker ( The name escapes me)
Hi! I believe the Company purchased was Golden Grain--who at the time owned Ghirardelli Chocolate. Quaker sold off Ghirardelli, which eventually became a subsidiary of Lindt & Sprungli.

Golden Grain used to have a factory in either Oakland or San Leandro--which I think is no longer there. But the Ghirardelli factory is still in San Leandro, visible from BART. They have a great Factory Outlet there.

To bring this topic around to Extinct Supermarket Brands--Ghirardelli used to make a candy called Flicks. They came in foil wrapped cardboard tubes and were a big movie theater favorite. Ghirardelli stopped selling the Flicks tubes years ago, although the candy itself is still available in different packaging in the Ghirardelli retail stores. Thought I heard some time back that some other company was going to sell Flicks--but don't know whatever came of that.

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Re: Extinct Supermarket Merchandise

Post by terryinokc » 06 Sep 2010 01:38

I have several collections of things....one group of things I like to collect is stuff from the laundry/cleaning aisle in the supermarket....specifically items from the 50's, 60's and 70's. There are probably 350 items in my collection.....here are a few items from this category that aren't around anymore....(at least in the US...some of these may be available in other countries....)

Detergents: Breeze, Salvo Tablets, Bonus (Blue Detergent from P&G that had a towel inside), Dash, Drive, Hero, Clorox Detergent, Cold Power, White Magic, Duz, Vel, Quik-Solv Tablets, Burst, Tide and Wisk in tablet form, Yes Liquid,

Dish Detergents: Chiffon, Thrill, Crystal White, Lux, Dove, Sweetheart, Salvo (Liquid)

Bar Soap: Phase III, Lux, Vel, Peter Pan, Dawn (A P&G bar soap at one time), Camay in different colors, Lifebouy

Bleach: Purex Liquid Bleach, Hi-Lex Liquid Bleach, Clo-White, Action Bleach Packets, Axion

Cleaning Supplies: Janitor in A Drum, lots of Texize Brand items....pine cleaner, glass cleaner, etc, Jubilee and Klear Waxes

Fabric Softners: Texize Fluf, Sta Puf, Nu Soft, Clo White Pink Rinse, Not sure about Cling Free sheets.....

In the paper aisle...MD toilet paper, Delsey, Lady Scott, Aurora, Northern Tissues, Zee Tissue, NiceNSoft, Coronet

I will list more as I think of them.

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Re: Extinct Supermarket Merchandise

Post by Dean » 29 Oct 2010 12:42

I found a soft drink can that I believe has been buried for about 30 yrs !

Strawberryette Soda

The can says: Prepared by Pepsi-Cola of Los Angeles, under authority of Flavette Corporation, Camden AR

Found the following:

http://encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyc ... tryID=2149

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Re: Extinct Supermarket Merchandise

Post by Alloy » 09 Nov 2010 00:01

Jason B. wrote:
The Sunshine baked products line ran T.V. ads in the late '80s with the song "Have a little sunshine" as people were depicted consuming various Sunshine products. A Sunshine bakery was located in Oakland, California near the Oakland Coliseum, but I don't know if it's still open.
The sign is still there, but it hasn't been a factory for a long time. (At least 15 years, I'd say.) It became a storage unit place for a while, and a year ago someone was advertising a live-work community located at the site.

Interesting that the Wikipedia article on the Sunshine brand has a picture of the sign, with the caption saying that the bakery is still located in Oakland.

Gunter Caddington wrote:
Golden Grain used to have a factory in either Oakland or San Leandro--which I think is no longer there.
Golden Grain left that location some time ago. I believe they had large grain elevators there, and I'm not sure if they're still standing.

To get back to the real subject of the thread: did I dream about hearing a jingle for a product in the late 60s--early 70s called "Apple Beer?"

"Apple Beer is here...Apple Beer is here!"

I never saw the product in a store, that I can recall. It came and went in a flash.

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Re: Extinct Supermarket Merchandise

Post by Jason B. » 22 Jun 2011 04:21

The March 12, 1948 issue of the Livermore (Calif.) Herald includes a Safeway advertisement. It makes reference to a Lucerne dairy product called "coffee cream." It was rather expensive for that time, sold in half pint (24 cents) and pint (42 cents) cartons. Half & half was sold in pint cartons for 27 cents each. At those prices, "coffee cream" must have been akin to heavy cream.

(1) When did "coffee cream" stop being sold as a Lucerne item? It seems to be "extinct" today.
(2) Is any liquid dairy product in the Lucerne line still sold in half pints?

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Re: Extinct Supermarket Merchandise

Post by VibeGuy » 22 Jun 2011 13:49

Jason B. wrote: (1) When did "coffee cream" stop being sold as a Lucerne item? It seems to be "extinct" today.
Ahh, coffee cream, AKA "light cream" - I think it's 20% fat, compared to whole milk at 4%, half-and-half at 12% and whipping cream starting at 30% and going to 44-46%.

I haven't seen it on the west coast since the late 80s/very early 90s when most local/regional dairies stopped making it. It persisted a bit longer in the NE where I recall seeing it in 98-99, but I haven't had cause to look for it since.

I'm not a milk drinker, but I can be convinced to have a bowl of Rice Krispies about once a year, if they're served with sliced banana (not mushy, but not crunchy) and light cream (or half half-and-half, half heavy cream). It's deliciously retro.

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Re: Extinct Supermarket Merchandise

Post by LadyNoir » 10 Jul 2011 14:19

About four or five years ago a friend had Tussy brand deodorent she bought from a low end local dollar store. I have not seen Tussy branded products or cosmetics anywhere. I know they once had a long history in that department making all types of makeup, perfume and other tioletries that were sold at supermarkets like Safeway. Unfortunately I do believe their makeup and perfume division was discontinued long ago but they still make deodorent. Good luck finding it.

Also, I love Camay soap bars but have a hard time finding it, especially in different colors. It may pop up at dollar stores occasionally but usually just the regular. I have traveled to eastern Europe where it is much easier to find in terms of varieties and even body wash which I have never seen on this side of the pond.

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