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Old 04-11-2012, 02:41 PM
 
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Default "ethnic" grocery aisles?

In America, most of our grocery stores have a section where there are foods from other countries. For example, at my regular grocery store... there is a section of British foods, a section of Mexican foods, a section for Indian and Middle Eastern foods, a section of Asian foods...

I was wondering the other day if in other countries... do they have an American section in their grocery stores? And if so, what sort of products are on those shelves?

For example, in the British section of my grocery store... you see things like HP Sauce, Heinz Baked Beans, Murray Mints, British teas, lemon curd (which is something most Americans have never heard of)...

What would be in the American section of a foreign grocer? I am so curious...
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Old 04-11-2012, 03:08 PM
 
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We have a lot of different ethnic brands in our supermarkets in Britain, indeed Asda one of our main supermarket chains is owned by US Company Walmart. Other UK Chains include Tesco, Sainsburys, Morrisons, Sommerfield, Waitrose, M&S Food and the Coop.

In terms of what would be in an American section, here's a website for a Company that delivers US Groceries and Products to homesick Americans in Britain.

http://www.skyco.uk.com/

We get a lot of similar products in our supermarkets, but there are some differences, and many Americans become homesick for a particular brand or product.
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Old 04-11-2012, 03:12 PM
 
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In a lot of the Japanese grocery stores I have been too, I usually see American foods mixed in with the Japanese foods. Japan does have a lot of American based stores, so this could be why.
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Old 04-11-2012, 03:52 PM
 
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In the American grocery stores here, they have an international section but its a joke compared to what is offered in the actual ethnic grocery stores.
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Old 04-11-2012, 03:52 PM
 
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....What would be in the American section of a foreign grocer? I am so curious...
I live in a small city in southern Portugal. The only U.S. foods featured are a small section of TexMex items...El Paso brand almost exclusively. Otherwise absolutely nothing that I recognize as being American.

I have met two U.S. citizens in the last two years who live in the area, not even in the town. Not enough to support a line of products in any market. However, there are many Brit products and a lesser amount of German ones because these nationalities live here or vacation here. Most of the Americans who stay here are herds of college kids who have come over from Spain, and they eat Big Macs and get drunk, so they do not provide a market for anything but cheap lodgings and beer & burgers.

We have a MacDonalds, and that is considered American food. All fast food is considered American, it seems to me.
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Old 04-11-2012, 04:40 PM
 
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...there are many Brit products and a lesser amount of German ones because these nationalities live here or vacation here. Most of the Americans who stay here are herds of college kids who have come over from Spain, and they eat Big Macs and get drunk, so they do not provide a market for anything but cheap lodgings and beer & burgers.

We have a MacDonalds, and that is considered American food. All fast food is considered American, it seems to me.
Isn't that funny? Because as an American I associate beer and burgers with Germany. lol

It was the British who first brought beer to America, but the Germans who then really came and took over the beer business in the middle of the 19th century.

Hamburger - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Beer in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Fast Food I definitely think of as being American, though so many of the American fast food brands are now actually owned by foreign entities now. You'd be surprised! lol
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Old 04-11-2012, 04:45 PM
 
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In the American grocery stores here, they have an international section but its a joke compared to what is offered in the actual ethnic grocery stores.
It probably depends on where you live. We've done quite a bit of relocating and some areas are more diverse than others. Where we currently live, it's basically a "college town" with people coming here from all over the world. We also have a lot of retirees who live here who have done extensive traveling, and I suppose they request special items that they grew used to on their travels. I suppose that is why we have so many different nationalities represented even in our ordinary grocery stores. We also have any specialty grocery stores, too, around town.

But I have lived in other places, where the population was more "plain Jane" "white" American and it was hard to find items from other countries.
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Old 04-11-2012, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Brisbane
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In America, most of our grocery stores have a section where there are foods from other countries. For example, at my regular grocery store... there is a section of British foods, a section of Mexican foods, a section for Indian and Middle Eastern foods, a section of Asian foods...

I was wondering the other day if in other countries... do they have an American section in their grocery stores? And if so, what sort of products are on those shelves?

For example, in the British section of my grocery store... you see things like HP Sauce, Heinz Baked Beans, Murray Mints, British teas, lemon curd (which is something most Americans have never heard of)...

What would be in the American section of a foreign grocer? I am so curious...
No not in Australia

Most mainstream supermarkets have specialist Asian sections, which suck badly, and "mexican" sections which suck even more. Everything else is just in the main sections. You are far better off going to specialist Korean, Indian or Middle Eastern etc etc grocers if thats what you are after.

I would have no idea what sort of food might appear in a specialist American Supermarket, I still associate american food with Hamburgers and Hot Dogs.

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Old 04-11-2012, 04:47 PM
 
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That link is helpful! It is really fun to see what American ex-pats yearn for while away from home...
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:32 PM
 
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In Malaysia, American brand products are scattered throughout the store. American brands dominate in so many areas internationally that there is no need for a 'niche' shelving or a special aisle. Next to the American brands are the Asian knockoffs which are cheaper and mostly lower in quality.
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