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May 16, 2011 11:23 AM

Creative Supermarket Signs

My friend and I just got back from the supermarket, where we saw very small watermelons being advertised as "Personal Watermelons." We thought that was so funny--somehow, "personal watermelon" doesn't have quite the ring to it that "personal pizza" does. Does anyone else have examples of funny/overly enthusiastic supermarket signs?

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  1. I got enough of a chuckle out of the "teenage spinach" at a local supermarket that I snapped a picture of it.

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      1. re: nofunlatte

        ROFL! Now THAT is creative marketing. Wonder how many people actually read it. :-)

        1. re: nofunlatte

          Those baby spinach, they grow up so fast!

          1. re: nofunlatte

            What makes it teenage spinach? Does it slam doors and cost a lot?

            1. re: Isolda

              Or throw a fit when forced to pair with barely ripe tomatoes, or have to go to school in generic 'dressing'?

              1. re: Isolda

                It's sooo embarrassed by you that it wilts in your cart!

              2. I have an agricultural education altho I grew up in a city. The overuse of the breed name 'Angus' with reference to beef tickles the hell out of me. Angus is the shortened name of a black Scottish beef breed known as Aberdeen Angus, and altho the breed produces good quality meat, so do the other beef breeds like Hereford, Shorthorn, Charolais, and Santa Gertrudis to name a few. It's all a marketing scheme. I am not afraid to ask a shopper staring at beef in the supermarket if the shopper knows to what the term 'Angus' refers. Ninety per cent of the shoppers that I interrogate admit that the term is not part of their culinary knowledge.

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                1. re: ChiliDude

                  you'd have a blast in a French supermarket, then -- no joke, the beef in a supermarket is displayed by breed -- Charolais, Blonde d'Aquitaine, Salers, etc., etc., etc.

                  And people *argue* about which one is the best.

                  1. re: sunshine842

                    Yes, and much of the classic French system assumes that terrroir is more important than varietal in vinting.

                2. I remember seeing a photograph of a sign at a meat counter advertizing a baked ham that would be a 'great idea for Jewish New Year' (or something very close to a great idea). Which of course it wouldn't be since many Jews don't eat ham.

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                  1. re: smartie

                    Star Market here in Boston had an unfortunate juxtaposition in one of their sale flyers a couple years ago: HAPPY RAMADAN directly over a picnic ham.

                    1. re: smartie

                      That's a famous photo on the Web - if I remember correctly it was taken at Balducci's in NYC about three years ago.

                      And... a quick google shows that my memory is not as far gone as I thought:

                    2. Not the supermarket, but yesterday i was reading the posted sandwich menu at a bagel store. The sandwich I was considering came with "grilled opinions (sic)."

                      No thanks. I get grilled on my opinions enough at work.

                      1. I've seen some pretty strange ones, but my favorite was a produce bin labeled "Plumcot; Flavor Grenade"

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                        1. re: LoBrauHouseFrau

                          Back away from the fruit, people...slowly now.


                            1. re: ttoommyy

                              Oh! I'd not heard of that one before... sometimes I wonder where they come up with these names, lol.