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American Pickle Brands from I Love Pickles

February 19th, 2009 · 33 Comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Can you say Pickle Packers? We know of a website that LOVES pickles. It’s the website of Pickle Packers International, and it has all the pickle brands across the world.They really are packin’ some pickles. At right, a children’s coloring project from the site; it has lots of kids stuff they can […]

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Tags: Grocery · Regional Brands · Retail

New Kraft Logo. Why Not General Foods?

February 18th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Why did Kraft turn General Foods into scrap? This week Kraft Foods (NYSE: KFT) revealed its new logo in a ceremony at the Consumer Analyst Group of New York Conference in Boca Raton. It is, according to Adweek‘s report, to differentiate the product brand Kraft from the company brand Kraft. Please read the article in […]

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Tags: Deathwatch · Grocery

Thinking Mitchell’s White Sweet Corn

February 7th, 2009 · 9 Comments

Lovin’ that Tasty Shoe Peg! For generations, white sweet corn was a staple of the Delmarva and East Coast. And one of the great brands was Mitchell’s Whole Kernel Fancy White Sweet Corn, made by Hanover Foods of Hanover, Pennsylvania. We found a can on the shelves, but we didn’t know if it was still […]

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Tags: Brand History · Grocery

Eight O’Clock Coffee Grinds Up Starbucks

February 5th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Beats Starbucks? A recent study from Consumer Reports, published on Yahoo, looked at coffee from blind taste tests, including all brands. Their verdict? We quote Consumer Reports: Chock full o’Nuts and Maxwell House have pushed coffee that’s “heavenly” and “good to the last drop” since 1932 and 1907, respectively. But off-notes, little complexity, and, for […]

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Tags: Grocery · Private Label

Bumble Bee Ads Back On

January 13th, 2009 · 1 Comment

We are again hearing the Bumble Bee tuna jingle on cable networks. Click on the image for an old ad. Founded in 1899, Bumble Bee has had a succession of owners, and they are finally doing big television again. “I love Bumble Bee Bumble Bee Tuna” Below are some recent dates from the company’s site. […]

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Tags: Grocery · News

Eatin’ Some Allens Collard Greens

January 11th, 2009 · 4 Comments

SILOAM SPRINGS, ARKANSAS – We ran across The Allens Sunshine Seasoned Southern Style Collard Greens at our local Publix. Turns out this is a great, family company based in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and they have a great  history. The company was founded by Earl Allen, who started working in canning in 1923 near Siloam, Arkansas. […]

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Tags: Brand History · Grocery · Regional Brands

Jane Parker Fruitcakes at A&P

January 11th, 2009 · 29 Comments


MONTVALE, N.J. – We somehow missed this one over the holidays. Jane Parker is BACK. Yippeee. Apparently, the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (NYSE: GAP) re-introduced Jane Parker Fruitcake, and now is making the selling of this brand a yearly holiday tradition. Could Ann Page spices be next? As far as we know, they […]

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Tags: Grocery

Brands on the Splits, Divorce in the Grocery Aisle

November 6th, 2008 · No Comments

What happens when brand families are dispersed? Would 3M keep Scotch tape, but sell off Scotchguard? Would Johnson & Johnson keep Johnson’s baby oil, but rid itself of Johnson’s No More Tears? Would United Technologies keep Carrier home heating & air, but spin off Carrier commercial division? Not likely, for these companies are good stewards […]

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Tags: Brand History · Grocery

Clabber Girl, Indiana (and American) Icon

October 30th, 2008 · 5 Comments

TERRE HAUTE, INDIANA – Among the greatest of the American grocery brand names is Clabber Girl. Iconic Clabber Girl was born when a Terre Haute, Indiana wholesale company named Hulman Brothers added its own brand of baking powder. They called it Clabber, which is apparently a word for sour milk. Hulman & Co., founded in […]

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Tags: Grocery · Tourism

Prairie Belt, Tasty Smoked Sausage

October 27th, 2008 · 57 Comments

Cousins to Vienna Sausages, but darker? Try some Prairie Belt Smoked Sausage! In case you didn’t know or can’t read, the serving suggestion on the front shows that the sausages are best eaten on a plate, stacked. Thank you for that. The sausage is distributed by Castleberry’s Food Company from Augusta, Georgia. We found this […]

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Tags: Brand History · Grocery