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Click pic to view comments Confirmed sighting: Sainsbury's Bucks Fizz and Strawberry Soup
Posted: 14:45 Tue 24-02-2004. Price: (reduced to) 99p/ 600g. Location: Sainsbury's Finchley Road, London. Nutritional unusualness: Complete ingredients list reads "Water, orange juice concentrate, strawberry, sugar, sparkling white wine, maize starch".
Snackspot reports: Regular readers will know that I'm a big fan of Sainsbury's Strawberry Smoothies, so imagine my delight at being able to enjoy what appears to be the very same beverage, but now in handy soup form! Seriously, no wonder shareholders are having trouble agreeing on a new boss for Sainsbury's, when their latest "Soup of the Month" describes itself as both "Inspired by the popular [Bucks Fizz] cocktail" and "delicious served hot or cold". No argument with that last bit (I was too hungry to bother warming it up), but it's turning something into a "soup" just by adding a bit of maize extract I'm worried about. What's next? Serving up Frijj Extreme in a bowl and calling it "Potage Creme de Chocolat"?

...(I know, we don't cover many supermarket own brands, but I really thought this was odd enough to deserve a mention.) I also picked up a carton of Tropicana Limited Edition Mediterranean Blush while I was there, though no sign as yet of what The Grocer has described as new "sends chills down your spine" variant Ribena Oooohh, and "too hot to handle" chilli and ginger flavoured Ribena Aaarghh.


Posted: 21:12 Tue 24-02-2004 by "Dave" # permalink comment
Comment: Oh for pity sake... Someone at Sainsbury's *please* get a grip...
Posted: 23:08 Tue 24-02-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: Too right - *and* they've commissioned a new ad with Jamie Oliver in it, where he flies round the "world" describing various wines as "really jammy" and "light" in an unconvincingly non-spontaneous sort of way
Posted: 23:51 Tue 24-02-2004 by "Neil" # permalink comment
Comment: That's been showing for ages, Snackspot! Get "with" the "program"!
Posted: 12:58 Wed 25-02-2004 by "andrew pack" # permalink comment
Comment: Definitely odd enough to warrant a mention. While you can have cold soups, I'm not convinced that you can have 'dessert soups' - surely it is a pudding. What is the consistency of it? I imagine, as a soup, it must be more liquid than yoghurt, but not so liquid that you could easily consume it through a straw like a milkshake. This is one of the first things I've seen on Snackspot that I am resolutely determined to buy.
Posted: 13:56 Wed 25-02-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: I'd estimate it's slightly thinner/ more transparent than a banana smoothie (and therefore almost a "consomme"?). Definitely less thick than a McDonald's milkshake, though...

Mine was reduced to 99p due to imminent expiry date rather than total bizarritude - but if you can't find them, get one of those strawberry (and mango?) smoothies and put a couple of spoons of cornflower in it...

Posted: 17:05 Wed 25-02-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: oh and re: Jamie Oliver - shareholder power!

(from http://www.retailmoves.com/retailnews.php )

Sainsbury's set to finish the Jamie Oliver malarkey... (posted 18 Jan) Top retailer Sainsbury's is preparing for a huge overhaul of it's look and marketing, suggesting the end of it's long standing affiliation with Jamie Oliver and family. Sir Peter Davis- the soon to be chairman, has demanded changes to the way the supermarket is promoted, the way it's represented, and primarily, its logo and branding. The work could cost the retailer up to £50 million. Davis has stressed however, that drastic measures need to be consdered if a turnaround in market share value is desired.

Posted: 20:40 Wed 25-02-2004 by "Dave" # permalink comment
Comment: "Definitely less thick than a McDonald's milkshake, though". That doesn't narrow it down much - readymix concrete is less thick than a McDonald's milkshake.
Posted: 21:06 Wed 25-02-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: ;) I put that in cos Andrew asked if it was "not so liquid that you could easily consume it through a straw like a milkshake". Anyone else remember the circa 1986 Ben Elton routine about McDonald's milkshakes where "if everyone in the shop sucks at once, all the windows cave in"? 16486 2
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