Where Have All Our Brands Gone?

- Sold out By Our Supermarkets: Betrayal and Market Manipulation

[brand checking / price match]: think about it: The supermarkets are going all out to remove branded food, save their own, from the shelves whilst all the while trying to make customers feel happy about receiving a price match discount for something that is becoming more and more negligible by the week. Just try obtaining the same when you find that your Asda brand of frozen chips have cost you 50p more than the equivalent Morrisons brand!

[rapeseed oil / sunflower oil / palm oil]: added to food as an emulsifier (in simple terms to make the food easy to break down in the mouth, but not at all easy on the stomach). This is the food manufacturer's own way of saying that they believe that the people who eat the food (ie: the consumers and people who buy the food) are children and lack the stomach (literally) to be able to process food without someone making it nice and easy for them to do so ...and because people have become so used to (and accepting) of this, there now exists a ludicrous situation in which it is simply not possible to buy even the simplest of foods (take plain pizza bases, for example) without them containing (completely unecessarily) at least one, sometimes two, different oils.

For people with oil intolerences this is a nightmare, and for the environment it is a catastrophe on a global scale, as various industries vie for ever more land to grow palm oil plantations, creating massive deforestation in the process, not to mention the destruction of habitat for critically endangered species like Orangutans.

On the refridgerated shelves of the supermarkets you can buy no end of spreads for everything from sandwiches to cooking and baking; but spreads that do not contain palm oil, sunflower oil or, most especially, rapeseed oil - ? ...not a chance. Despite the simple production processes involved in creating a spread*, spreads remain expensive and rapeseed oil, in particular, is very cheap, whilst palm oil is rarely even RSPO (Responsibly Sourced Palm Oil) and certainly not CSPO (Completely Sourced Palm Oil). To the relief of oil intolerence suffers (or those who simply care about the environment) alternatives, like avacado spread, have appeared (liberally blended with plenty of rapeseed oil, thereby making it of absolutely no interest to many who might otherwise buy it). Just to add insult to injury, the supermarkets (with Tesco taking a lead) are systematically stripping their shelves of branded spreads and replacing them with their own with, yes, plenty of palm and rapeseed oil, plenty of fillers, and a liberal dose of flavourings and salt.

* cold blending at very low temperatures to make the oils set, and requiring little more than two oils of a type that will set and remain set if kept at a cool temperature or, more usually, one fat or oil that readily sets at room temperature or below and one that does not, thereby making the resulting mix soft and spreadable. Note, too, the complete absence of material on the internet relating to the home or homefarm production of spreads. Also of note, the absolute refusal by food grade fat and oil suppliers in the UK to deal with the public and small businesses.

- Awst 2018

- Just John, @: Ex5NY27U corequery.uk

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