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Jul 20, 2013 10:05 PM

What products got ruined (and how) when a big company bought them?

Someone else start. I don't want to start frothing at the mouth as I type- that's real different from drooling.

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    1. re: Harters

      Was Boddington's ever really good? Of course, it is no Landlord Bitter, but the only times I have had it in the past 15 years it has been mediocre at best...

      1. re: Tripeler

        Yes, it was.

        I havnt drunk alcohol for some years now but recall how good it was before it was bought out by Whitbread round about 1990. Folk tell me it has gradually got worse over the years, particularly since brewing stopped at Manchester. I see that they are not even brewing a cask conditioned beer nowadays - which perhaps says it all.

        1. re: Tripeler

          fresh from a hand-pulled tap in a Manchester area pub? Hell yes it was good.

          Now that it's an industrial product pumped out of vats and shipped to Manchester? Not so much. I still like it, but it's not as good as it used to be.

      2. Ben & Jerry's-still good but not the same as before
        Snapple-used to be the best stuff on earth, now meh
        And not food: Yankee Candles


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        1. I have found that many of Tom's Of Maine products have changed since being bought by Colgate. I wouldn't say they were "ruined" though.

          Kashi cereal. Ruined is the right word

          1. Let's ask it the other way round -- has a big company ever bought a product and NOT managed to ruin it?

            1. I would say Liberte yogurt... It was a great Canadian brand till it was bought and now the texture and flavour is just a watery mess.

              Laura Secord is another one that was sold off and made worse. It wasn't great to start but its meh now. They used to focus mostly on chocolate with halfway decent fillings but now I find the place is half filled with mass produced over priced gummies and the chocolate fillings are more artificial jam or sugary concoctions instead of the fruit creams or caramel toffee flavours of yesteryear.

              I would say that Loblaws buying T&T has not changed them for the worse. If anything, I actually like the T&T house brand for things like fresh tofu. If anything, its made it more affordable.