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Yogurt Rant

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:11 pm

In conventional grocery stores, suppliers compete (and pay up) for premium shelf space to promote their high-margin products. I don't have a problem with the idea in general, but sometimes it can really get out of hand.

Take yogurt. I get that the single-serve high-margin, colored, dessert-sweetened products get premium shelf space. That stuff does sell.

But then you have the stuff that AFAIK hardly anyone eats, and it takes up most of the remaining space. All neatly arranged in perfect rows, it sits there untouched for ages. Meanwhile, the 5% of yogurt shelf space devoted to lower-margin nutritious stuff is in a total disarray as health-conscious consumers dig around struggling to find what they want. They don't restock it very quickly, so sometimes consumers can only get something close to what they want.

How inefficient is it that one brand's quart-size strawberry-banana reduced fat organic Greek yogurt that hardly sells gets more shelf space and is more consistently available than all brands of all kinds (organic or not, all fat grades) of highly-in-demand plain yogurt?
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Re: Yogurt Rant

Postby CreditCardSage » Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:52 pm

I have noticed this; so many sugary options easily available.

I'm trying to think of other items in the grocery store where this is the case, as well.

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Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Thu Jun 01, 2017 2:35 pm

CreditCardSage wrote:I have noticed this; so many sugary options easily available.

I'm trying to think of other items in the grocery store where this is the case, as well.


I think the cold breakfast cereal situation is similar, though I buy it at Costco.

People seem to gravitate to extreme tastes with yogurt. Either they like the dessert types or they like the healthy types. I'm not thrilled about dessert food targeting kids or being marketed as healthy, but I can understand it as rational (if immoral) behavior because it sells.

But how many people are there who actually eat strawberry banana reduced fat organic Greek yogurt? I can't imagine anyone eating it and not thinking either "this is really gross" or "this has too much fat and/or sugar". It's the equivalent of dipping spinach in nacho cheese; some won't like the taste of spinach, others won't want the fat and salt of the cheese, and hardly anyone will stick with it on a regular basis. I'm not saying they shouldn't carry it at all, but to give it so much space is wasteful for everyone when it hardly even sells.

I'm reminded of a line from Futurama: "The evil I could tolerate. But the stupidity..."
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Postby Tubpbs » Thu Jun 01, 2017 6:40 pm

CarefulBuilder14 wrote:
CreditCardSage wrote:I have noticed this; so many sugary options easily available.

I'm trying to think of other items in the grocery store where this is the case, as well.


I think the cold breakfast cereal situation is similar, though I buy it at Costco.

People seem to gravitate to extreme tastes with yogurt. Either they like the dessert types or they like the healthy types. I'm not thrilled about dessert food targeting kids or being marketed as healthy, but I can understand it as rational (if immoral) behavior because it sells.

But how many people are there who actually eat strawberry banana reduced fat organic Greek yogurt? I can't imagine anyone eating it and not thinking either "this is really gross" or "this has too much fat and/or sugar". It's the equivalent of dipping spinach in nacho cheese; some won't like the taste of spinach, others won't want the fat and salt of the cheese, and hardly anyone will stick with it on a regular basis. I'm not saying they shouldn't carry it at all, but to give it so much space is wasteful for everyone when it hardly even sells.

I'm reminded of a line from Futurama: "The evil I could tolerate. But the stupidity..."



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Re: Yogurt Rant

Postby kcm7 » Fri Jun 02, 2017 10:40 am

Husband's on a health kick and asked me to get him some plain yogurt while I was at the store a few weeks back. I must have stood in the yogurt section for 10 minutes, searching for it. I started doubting that plain yogurt was, in fact, still in existence.
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Re: Yogurt Rant

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Fri Jun 02, 2017 5:48 pm

kcm7 wrote:Husband's on a health kick and asked me to get him some plain yogurt while I was at the store a few weeks back. I must have stood in the yogurt section for 10 minutes, searching for it. I started doubting that plain yogurt was, in fact, still in existence.

Exactly...it's not like only a few people like it plain. We know what we want and we just want to grab it and get on with things. So why can't stores just make it easy for us instead of trying to steer us to sweetened ones?
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Re: Yogurt Rant

Postby TXviking » Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:48 am

It seems to me that American grocery stores, more so than grocery stores in other countries, are just a front for the sugar industry. Conspiracy theories aside, the amount of sugar in many products dominates the other ingredients, sometimes making up more than half of the food. It's scary.

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Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Mon Jun 05, 2017 2:40 pm

TXviking wrote:It seems to me that American grocery stores, more so than grocery stores in other countries, are just a front for the sugar industry. Conspiracy theories aside, the amount of sugar in many products dominates the other ingredients, sometimes making up more than half of the food. It's scary.

Definitely a problem at some stores. It also ties into the somewhat excessive focus on selection. Some stores seem to like to have pretty displays of many SKUs of some products. That favors items with a longer shelf life, which usually means a shift away from healthy perishables without preservatives.
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Re: Yogurt Rant

Postby kess88 » Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:12 am

kcm7 wrote:Husband's on a health kick and asked me to get him some plain yogurt while I was at the store a few weeks back. I must have stood in the yogurt section for 10 minutes, searching for it. I started doubting that plain yogurt was, in fact, still in existence.


right, sometimes I do doubt it too.

'cause it's all about capitalists, that's why

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Re: Yogurt Rant

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:07 pm

kess88 wrote:
kcm7 wrote:Husband's on a health kick and asked me to get him some plain yogurt while I was at the store a few weeks back. I must have stood in the yogurt section for 10 minutes, searching for it. I started doubting that plain yogurt was, in fact, still in existence.


right, sometimes I do doubt it too.

'cause it's all about capitalists, that's why

As consumers, we need to make to make sure our cultural heritage stays alive and active.

Some of the strawberry flavor stuff doesn't actually contain strawberry fruit or juice.
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