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Vinnie Vidimangi Jul 20, 2013 10:05 PM

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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    Harters Jul 21, 2013 03:02 AM

    Boddington's Bitter.

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      Tripeler Jul 21, 2013 03:39 AM

      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...

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        Harters Jul 21, 2013 06:59 AM

        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.

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          sunshine842 Jul 21, 2013 07:03 AM

          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.

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        Jerseygirl111 Jul 21, 2013 06:19 AM

        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

        Jerseygirl111

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          Philly Ray Jul 21, 2013 07:08 AM

          +1 on Snapple

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          foodieX2 Jul 21, 2013 06:50 AM

          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. sunshine842 Jul 21, 2013 07:04 AM

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

            1. Nevy Jul 21, 2013 07:11 AM

              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.

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                Just Visiting Jul 21, 2013 07:26 AM

                Entemanns.

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                  shoo bee doo Jul 21, 2013 09:23 PM

                  Haagen Daaz. It was great in the early 80's. Somewhere along the way it got too sweet and unappealing.

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                    Tripeler Jul 22, 2013 12:24 AM

                    Now it's just Hogs & Dogs.

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                    wandajune6 Jul 22, 2013 10:47 AM

                    Breyer's ice cream. Like with Ben & Jerry's, things changed under Unilever. It used to be all natural but they don't make the same claim anymore. Some flavors are still great but some taste a bit chemical-y.

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                      seamunky Jul 22, 2013 02:18 PM

                      I'm not sure when it changed but Breyer's is no longer ice cream. It's labeled as "frozen dairy dessert"

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                        ferret Jul 23, 2013 11:25 AM

                        Breyer's still has "ice cream" and it still touts natural ingredients (although tara gum is one of them). They have so many non-ice-cream variations (low fat, low sugar, lactose free) that it's easy to overlook the ice cream product on the shelves, but it's still there.

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                          fldhkybnva Jul 23, 2013 11:35 AM

                          It's only a few flavors and even those have changed for the worse.

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                        fldhkybnva Jul 22, 2013 03:37 PM

                        This was the family favorite brand and now it's just awful frozen dairy dessert.

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                          Jerseygirl111 Jul 22, 2013 06:38 PM

                          Agree. I used to love their peach flavor. Now it leaves a weird film on the inside of my mouth and the on the dish. No thanks.

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                          Vinnie Vidimangi Jul 22, 2013 07:33 PM

                          It was a black day when McCains bought Old South orange juice and then proceeded to give it that Maritime je ne sais quoi with cheaper Brazilian juice; Wendy's , Tim Horton's (I still remember with dread a muffin I had in a diner in New Jersey, at least it hadn't been frozen); McCormick's, Billy Bee honey (now with imported Argentine honey!).

                          Liberte bought Western Dairy (good-(which at one time was Daiter's- excellent ), then the whole thing was sold to Yoplait (fear and loathing ) which then got sold to General Mills.

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                            grayelf Jul 22, 2013 08:53 PM

                            Thrifty Foods.

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                              Jerseygirl111 Jul 23, 2013 08:56 PM

                              Wait, wait, wait a minute! Billy Bee is no longer Canadian honey? Are you kidding me? When did this happen?

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                                Vinnie Vidimangi Jul 23, 2013 09:15 PM

                                Billy Bee was sold In 2008. Shortly thereafter our kiddies started complaining.
                                The honey is mixed. The last time I cared to find out the foreign constituent came from Argentina, but once you buy internationally, it can be from anywhere.
                                Honey can be a bit of an iffy product nowadays. There are huge scams involving sugar syrup being passed off as honey. Also honey with a false country of origin.
                                The identity of the original country is hidden to avoid tariffs and to overcome prohibitions premised on beekeeping practices considered offensive. China is a source of many of these scams, but they extend to the largest and what had been one of the most respectable companies in the business, a German company.

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                              rjbh20 Jul 23, 2013 10:45 AM

                              White Lily flour

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                                tracytrace Jul 23, 2013 09:35 PM

                                Word.

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