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Maybe as the consumer sector swings from UK products to EU products, people will gradually lose the tie to their favorite UK brands.

When the covid pandemic hit here, we started getting our groceries using the "curbside pickup" method, where you put in your order on line and somebody gathers the stuff from the shelves for you. Often there were/are shortages of the specific item we requested, so they substituted something different. We have learned about several new brands that we had previously avoided--avoided out of habit.

If NI consumers get into the habit of buying {struggling to quote an actual example} flour, say, with a German brand instead of an English brand, then perhaps they will be less insistent on maintaining a special exception for the English brand. Maybe?

by asdf on Thu Oct 28th, 2021 at 03:31:08 PM EST
British companies like Unilever are world leaders at creating, buying, developing food brands which they sell at premium prices in many markets and market niches. Most consumers would be unaware of their progeny and buy them simply out of habit when faced with a bewildering choice in a supermarket. Although cheaper supermarket own brands are making inroads on some of these market sectors, they remain money spinners for their owners with less price conscious or confident consumers.

As you say, once these consumers are forced to select a different brand, and find it is equally good or better, they may never return to their original favourites. Chains like Aldi and Lidl which focus on own brands are making significant gains in market share in the UK in any case, but supermarket chains in many European countries still retain a "British Bands" section for their British ex-pat customers - often at hugely inflated prices.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Oct 28th, 2021 at 06:43:06 PM EST
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by Oui on Fri Oct 29th, 2021 at 02:58:58 PM EST
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Leading supermarkt chains are Ahold and Jumbo with more than excellent own brand to offer at reasonable pricing. Increasingly offering bio-foods as demand increases.taking business from specialty shops. In my home town the Irish ☘️ pub is famous and for British and American groceries there are expat shops.

Kellys Expat Shopping The Hague/Wassenaar

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by Oui on Sat Oct 30th, 2021 at 05:16:50 PM EST
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{struggling to quote an actual example} - Sausages?

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Oct 30th, 2021 at 03:47:50 PM EST
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No one can match the British emulsified high fat offal tubes...



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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Oct 30th, 2021 at 07:10:49 PM EST
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