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Supermarket 'budget' products have vanished

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ThrushyFanjo Wed 25-Oct-17 12:55:36

Everytime I go into Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys etc I can never find any value, smart price or basics products! Not that I ever really bought that many, but things like beans, toilet roll, yorkshire puddings, cornflakes etc. Plus I would always pick up a few of these to stick in the food bank trolley at the end of my shop. Have other people noticed this?!

fedupandsickofeverything Wed 25-Oct-17 12:56:47

Yes, have definately noticed this in our lical tesco store

Awwlookatmybabyspider Wed 25-Oct-17 12:58:39

"Not that I ever really bought that many"

Where's the shame if you did. We can't all afford organics

Wincher Wed 25-Oct-17 13:02:54

I have noticed this in our Sainsbury's recently. I am very sad that they seem to have discontinued Basics houmous, which was way nicer than the standard stuff. Basics smoked salmon trimmings has now become part of their regular fish range and the price has tripled. Basic diced pork has been rebranded as pork casserole in the same packaging as other pork. Basics baked beans (nicer than standard and lower salt/sugar but no sweeteners) have been relegated to a tiny box on a shelf at the bottom. Etc etc. It almost feels like they are phasing the Basics lines out - it was obviously a sales technique that was of its time and is no longer. It's a shame as it was often a way to get bargains if you knew which ones were good.

Misspollyhadadollie Wed 25-Oct-17 13:02:57

I don't actually buy them more because I don't like the taste and normally just buy branded things on offer but actually don't think I've noticed them in a while near me either. Though saying that there always on the very bottom shelf near me so less noticeable.

BabyOrSanta Wed 25-Oct-17 13:04:06

I noticed this.

Even some of the not-basics have vanished. For example, I used to buy some meal replacement shakes from Asda. Now they don't do them (in my Asda anyway).
Also, there's not much choice on the cheaper cereal or the sauces unless you can spend £££s on the branded (cooking from scratch isn't an option ATM).
It was fairly disappointing.

Andtheresaw Wed 25-Oct-17 13:04:12

The Tesco value stuff was rebranded as 'farm produce' so has fake farm names.
There are several different ones for different product lines but Redmere farm is definitely one of them.

Dontfuckingsaycheese Wed 25-Oct-17 13:04:12

Yes. I went to Asda to get ds digestive biscuits for a Greek pudding recipe for Scouts. He told me off (!!) because I didn't buy Smart Price ones, believe me, I did look but there were none. I had to buy Asda Normal Price. There again, at 40 odd pence they were still preferable to the £1 McVities ones shock

NevilleBennett Wed 25-Oct-17 13:04:43

Supermarkets always do this at this time of year. They remove some products to make room for Christmas ranges

abbsisspartacus Wed 25-Oct-17 13:04:56

They do this before Christmas I've noticed

Blankscreen Wed 25-Oct-17 13:05:52

I'm sure someone will be along to blame brexit shortly.

In all seriousness though I think the pound dropping in value is the excuse the supermarkets have been waiting for to start putting food prices up. Getting rid of their value ranges is just another example.of them doing this by stealth.

Candlelight234 Wed 25-Oct-17 13:06:31

Yes I've noticed basics soap, shower gel and shampoo have all been phased out. Use to save a packet on those.

Butterymuffin Wed 25-Oct-17 13:06:56

Morrisons value smoked salmon trimmings were great, and I haven't seen them for months now, so I don't think it's about making way for Christmas products. It is annoying.

Andtheresaw Wed 25-Oct-17 13:07:09

Here you go: the new names for the budget brands at Tesco:
Vegetables – Redmere Farms
Imported Fruit – Suntrail Farms
Berries, apples and pears – Rosedene Farms
Salad – Nightingale Farms
Pork – Woodside Farms
Chicken – Willow Farms
Beef – Boswell Farms

WhyteKnyght Wed 25-Oct-17 13:08:38

I think it's partly because it's harder and harder to find decent-sized supermarkets unless you drive out of town to a shopping mall. All the ones near us are "Tesco Express", "Sainsbury's Central" etc, which roughly seems to translate as "small, very limited choice, no basics range, inflated prices". I don't want four equally crap Tescos within a 2 mile radius, I want one decently-sized one with choice!

SilverSpot Wed 25-Oct-17 13:09:33

Chicken – Willow Farms

That was caught up in the seven sisters chicken scandal

jollyjester Wed 25-Oct-17 13:09:43

I've noticed Tesco doing this but as a PP said they've 'rebranded' it as Redmere Farms and other such names.

The world food aisles tend to be cheaper for certain items depending on what you like to cook.

SnugglySnerd Wed 25-Oct-17 13:09:51

I bought Asda value passata last week but I'm very confused by their new fruit and veg packaging. I can't work out if it's meant to be cheaper or posher. They craftily put price per kg on some things and price per item/pack on others so it's really hard to compare.

DeathMetalMum Wed 25-Oct-17 13:10:56

They do it most year around Christmas, though I will say my local tesco didn't get all the usual value products back in this year after their Christmas clear out.

Our local tesco also has decided to get rid off all their bird seed/ fat balls etc in favour of Cat and Dog Christmas presents. hmm

PinkHeart5914 Wed 25-Oct-17 13:12:29

I don’t buy any of the basic ( apart from oats) or own brand range but I have definitely seen them in my Sainsburys here.

Only thing I can’t find anywhere is really cheap/basics oats anywhere, my rabbit will only eat the cheap ones for some reason she won’t touch the more expensive ones I have tried so many brands. So rabbit has no oats at the moment

ContessaBonessa Wed 25-Oct-17 13:15:01

I'm sure someone will be along to blame brexit shortly.

That will be me then.

OP it's the glorious Brexit effect.

PovertyPain Wed 25-Oct-17 13:15:49

They stick 'farm' onto the name to make it sound like a better quality product, than it really is. Pisses me off.

Dontfuckingsaycheese Wed 25-Oct-17 13:16:24

Lol at Pinkheart's fussy rabbit

RosyPony Wed 25-Oct-17 13:18:22

Waitrose still do a HUGE number of products in their essentials range. I've not noticed any chance.

RosyPony Wed 25-Oct-17 13:18:31


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