What happened to our old friends Merita Sweet Sixteen doughnuts? They are now Hostess Sweet Sixteen. Not good. Visit our main site BrandlandUSA.com for an in depth report on the issue entitled We’re Mad About our Sweet Sixteen Doughnuts.MORE HERE

BROOKLYN – First the Dodgers and now this? If you grew up in Brooklyn or the Northeast, you know of Drake’s and their Yodels, Funny Bones, Coffee Cakes, Yankee Doodles and Ring Dings. This week, we found that a package of Drake’s Devil Dogs were sold with the Drake’s duckMORE HERE

Not mad happy. But mad furious. There is no defense for what Interstate Brands, the parent company of Merita, has done to Merita Sweet Sixteen. A very wonderful person in our house brought back a bag of Sweet Sixteen doughnuts. They are now Hostess Sweet Sixteen. Anyone from the SouthMORE HERE

  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,MORE HERE

It’s a Star Kist cocktail glass! Not sure what tuna has to do with Scotch on the rocks but we’ll take it! Editor note: In case you didn’t notice, we love American brands and mascots at www.brandlandusa.com.MORE HERE

We found a great list of American grocery brands and their date of founding. It was on the website catcherman.com. Here is just the 19th century section. Putting it in list form makes it sort of illustrative. 1872, Blackjack chewing gum 1876, Premium soda crackers (later Saltines) 1881, Pillsbury flourMORE HERE

We love Bell’s Olives. The Original. The Bell brand dates from 1930, headquartered in Corning, California. But parent company Bell-Carter Foods Inc. dates from 1912, when Arthur and Henry Bell bought an olive grove in Reedly, California. They later bought Maywood, Lindsay and Alberti olive companies, and are the nation’sMORE HERE

HIALEAH – When in Miami, a trip to grocer Sedano’s will help you get in the local mood. With over a dozen locations, you can’t miss it. It’s a great window into Miami’s Cuban culture, and best yet, it sells all the Americano stuff too. They are now up toMORE HERE

BRADENTON – We grew up and were always pals with Tropic-Ana. She not only graced the packages of Tropicana, but she was on the outside of the bright orange CSX freight trains that ran from Palmetto/Bradenton Florida to packaging plants up north. Yes, she was topless, but somehow it wasMORE HERE

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.MORE HERE