The Lost Hypermarket: An A to Z of Long Lost Brands

Lost items from our supermarket shelves

If you have spent more than four decades on this planet, you will have seen many shops go the way of dinosaurs. Not a single day goes by without there being a “Do You Remember the Woolworths Pick and Mix” counter or “School Puddings” meme. I have yet to see a single Book of Face post with cosy memories of swallowing Liqufruta if you have an irksome cough. Or a meme that says “Do you remember gargling with TCP?”

Over the last four decades, there has been a fair few foodstuffs that have gone the way of the dinosaurs, Transatlantic flights from Prestwick Airport, and the 400 Trans-Lancs Express bus route. Some of which have been discontinued due to abject unpopularity, corporate decisions or adverse publicity.

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The Multi-Coloured Lost Pop Shop: The Not So Perfect Ten

Lost fizzy drinks of the last fifty years

Tab Clear
Much Hype, Little Impact: TaB Clear was a short lived drink on our shores. It was a clear version of Diet Coke launched in 1993. Photograph of American cans by Kevin Trotman (Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Non-Derivatives License)

If you go to the supermarket today, you will find that most of the shelf space in the fizzy drinks section is taken up by Pepsico, the Coca Cola Company and own brand products. At one time, each region would also have its local favourites, or a home delivery service. Then came SodaStream and the relentless march of the multinational colas onto our local Morrisons/TESCO/ASDA/Mainstop/Fine Fare/Co-op/VG stores over the last thirty years. The joys of Category Management and greater demands by today’s chains (this time, mainly Morrisons, ASDA, TESCO and Sainsburys). Mr Alpine/Hague/A&A later didn’t get a look in. Continue reading “The Multi-Coloured Lost Pop Shop: The Not So Perfect Ten”

The 1995 UK Cola Wars: Past Feast of the M60

When US style Cola Wars reached the United Kingdom

The 1990s was an oddball decade which began with Thatcher and ended with Blair. The first part ushered in the Cones Hotline, Sonic the Hedgehog and the C64GS flop games console, whereas the latter part brought us mass mobile phone ownership, the Teletubbies and fancy dan coffee shops. Televisually, it was a creative decade at one end which saw Father Ted and Absolutely Fabulous on our screens, with at the other end, the end of ITV as a genuine regional broadcaster.

In between this hubris, Wet Wet Wet’s version of Love Is All Around seemed destined to occupy the number one spot forever. Interrupting this was Britpop: Blur and Oasis. Contrary to popular belief, there was another Britpop movement taking place. Continue reading “The 1995 UK Cola Wars: Past Feast of the M60”