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Diversity in the grocery store

Product diversity, that is.

My favorite Publix has been expanding their sections of "ethnic" (not really, but I can't think of an umbrella term for all these) foods. Now the sequence is
British
Indian
mixed Chinese/Japanese
Mexican
Caribbean

Kosher foods are one aisle over.

The British section is the latest--lots of cookies and candies, Bovril, golden syrup, packets of vanilla sugar, a mix of canned goods, and other stuff I can't recall. Quite a grab-bag, in other words, and I wonder how they came up with the mix. Just from requests?

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drunixbrat
Oct. 30th, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
where is your favorite Publix?
Just curious--I know where the "kosher" supermarkets are (Toco Hills, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs to some extent, and the Ptree Corners Trader Joe, which has kosher chicken/turkey), but am always interested in other ethnics...
nlbarber
Oct. 31st, 2009 03:03 am (UTC)
Re: where is your favorite Publix?
Oddly enough, it's the one at Northlake, on Henderson Mill. I'm halfway in between Northlake and the kosher Kroger and Publix at Toco, but I'm more often headed in the direction of Northlake.

None of the Northlake ethnic sections have all that much in them compared to BHFM for all Asian and Hispanic, or the DeKalb Farmers Market, or the Indian specialty markets around Lawrenceville Highway, or Taste of Britain for British imports, but the longer their string of different sections gets the more amusing I find it. Especially when they added in the British selections.
shrewreader
Oct. 31st, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)

*hopeful* British-style bacon???
nlbarber
Oct. 31st, 2009 03:04 am (UTC)
Alas, no. How about some canned custard?

You might see if Taste of Britain has bacon--they had some refrigerated stuff the last time I was in there.
sunlizzard
Oct. 31st, 2009 02:25 am (UTC)
Sounds like they're rolling it out a bit at a time; that almost seems like it's a local experiment. Tiptoe in a bit of this, a bit of that, see what sells. But I really have no idea, they may have been researching it for months, that's just a blind guess!

I loveloveLOVED the grocery shopping in Charlotte when I was there on vacation a couple of weeks ago! Ooooohhh, Trader Joe's, World Market, Harris Teeter.... *swoon*. (Well, and plus Ikea... and a few others....) I so over-shopped that I had to pack up and ship most of my purchases home *blush*, but we simply don't have such marvelous variety here.

Oh, my local paper had an interesting article on national trends in water useage today. I was so tickled--the Report! THE Report! I knew exactly what it was they were referring to. Kewl! Congrats on seeing it in print, and the attention it's getting. How proud you must be. :)
nlbarber
Oct. 31st, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)
Yeah for press coverage! On the other hand, we're already getting criticism about the California numbers, but you know, we can only do so much to screw data out of those people, so we went with what we had. Oh, well....if we only had a budget, the estimates would get better.

Back to groceries...I really do love the variety I have access to with only short drives around Atlanta. Trader Joes has only been here a few years, but the big chains do try, there's World Market, Whole Foods, and interesting Farmers Markets that are really specialty stores. There are so many immigrant communities here, and they have groceries, and restaurants, and bakeries. There's a little strip shopping center a couple of miles from my house with THREE Ethiopian restaurants in it, plus a Russian deli, and a generic American/Chinese place. Those are the only Ethiopian restaurants I know of in this part of Atlanta--so why are they all in the same shopping center??? 'Tis a puzzlement.
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