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(Mother Nature Network)   If you've always been mad that cereal is sold in a bag that is put into a cardboard box when they could just sell it in a bag like potato chips, have we got a grocery store for you   (mnn.com) divider line 44
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2014-07-13 01:48:29 AM  
Sounds like someone has never looked down and seen the generic cereal.

I do like the idea of bulk purchasing, as it's pretty popular at Winco.
 
2014-07-13 01:50:41 AM  
Welcome to 1993
 
2014-07-13 02:23:53 AM  
I love how the author boosts her word count in this article by listing things on her countertop and products available from her local co-op.
 
2014-07-13 02:58:45 AM  
Doesn't the uniformity of packaging keep shipping costs down?
 
2014-07-13 07:17:04 AM  

TheCheese: I love how the author boosts her word count in this article by listing things on her countertop and products available from her local co-op.


Copied the article into a javascript word counter, 502 words.

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2014-07-13 07:33:19 AM  
If that makes you angry, jump in front of a bus, because your life is going to be very miserable and you really don't deserve to live.
 
2014-07-13 08:33:02 AM  

dookdookdook: TheCheese: I love how the author boosts her word count in this article by listing things on her countertop and products available from her local co-op.

Copied the article into a javascript word counter, 502 words.

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I am soooooo tempted to post this on that site...lol
 
2014-07-13 08:51:07 AM  
holy crap, try that Bear River brand at  WinCo. It tastes way better than all that HFCS loaded crap they have out there and doesn't cost that much, either.
 
2014-07-13 09:11:33 AM  
I used to buy bags of Malt-o-Meal's generic Captain Crunch all the time when I shopped at Kroger.  That stuff is better than the real thing, IMO.
 
2014-07-13 09:13:38 AM  
If the store is in Germany, why are the signs in English?
 
2014-07-13 09:14:42 AM  

Prophet of Loss: If the store is in Germany, why are the signs in English?


It's probably a stock photo.
 
2014-07-13 09:31:28 AM  
That's not what I'm mad about...

I'm mad that cereal are simple cheap carbs that costs $5 a box.
How long has cereal been around???


Potato chips too.  (they aren't as bad, but still)
 
2014-07-13 09:51:31 AM  
Malt-O-Meal beat them to the punch
www.hadcoltd.com
 
2014-07-13 09:56:06 AM  
So, you're on the internet, reading an article on something-or-other. And  then, there, in the middle of it, is this:

(The upshot of bringing your own jars is that you can make your pantry and countertops look very pretty; I get most of my food bulk at my local co-op and jars of nuts, dried fruits, sesame seeds, peanut butter, kamut, brown sugar, and the rest all look just lovely lined up next to each other as compared to all the ugly packaging one would see with conventionally packaged foods.)

WHY? What the hell do your stupid pantry and counter tops have to do with this store? Is this going to become a thing? Do we have to get some little absurd slice-of-life commentary from the writer about their precious little co-op kamut?

"In other news, Barack Obama (who is from Hawaii, I went there a year ago and it was beautiful), was speaking to Congress about... etc. etc."

What really pisses me off is that I feel more pissed off than is necessary.
 
2014-07-13 10:26:44 AM  

nicoffeine: So, you're on the internet, reading an article on something-or-other. And  then, there, in the middle of it, is this:

(The upshot of bringing your own jars is that you can make your pantry and countertops look very pretty; I get most of my food bulk at my local co-op and jars of nuts, dried fruits, sesame seeds, peanut butter, kamut, brown sugar, and the rest all look just lovely lined up next to each other as compared to all the ugly packaging one would see with conventionally packaged foods.)

WHY? What the hell do your stupid pantry and counter tops have to do with this store? Is this going to become a thing? Do we have to get some little absurd slice-of-life commentary from the writer about their precious little co-op kamut?

"In other news, Barack Obama (who is from Hawaii, I went there a year ago and it was beautiful), was speaking to Congress about... etc. etc."

What really pisses me off is that I feel more pissed off than is necessary.


Because she's not just describing a set of services - she's pitching a lifestyle, and doing so by claiming to live by example. She wants you to be like her. Smug. Stupid. Self-absorbed.

"Smug?", you say? Why, yes. Read that article, and realize that she's pushing all this at you because she feels that this is the right way to live - she's clearly single, living alone, and without children, in an upwardly mobile position with lots of disposable income. She's smug, you see, and wants to trumpet this information, hence the little sidebars about how good she has it.

"Stupid?", you say? Why, yes. If she had half a brain, she'd realize that some of the products she described shouldn't be kept in clear containers, at room temperature, because exposure to light destroys some of their valuable nutrients and exposure to heat shortens their lifespans & encourages bacterial growth. But, it looks so pretty, those "jars of nuts, dried fruits, sesame seeds, peanut butter, kamut, brown sugar, and the rest all look just lovely lined up next to each other," she thinks. Even if they aren't in clear containers, leaving them in a high-traffic, relatively humid area like her kitchen counter is a recipe for disaster. Her nuts turn rancid in a couple of weeks, because nuts kept in an oxygen-free, dark, cold environment (like her freezer) last 10 times as long as room-temperature nuts in a jar on her friggin' counter. Her Kamut (I wonder if she's bright enough to realize that Kamut is a registered trademark) becomes stale & moldy for the same reason. Her peanut butter tastes funky, because it's oxidized, but she probably thinks that's how it's supposed to taste - y'know, because it's "natural." She's not buying this stuff to eat, clearly, because no one with half a brain would treat valued foodstuffs like they were friggin' furniture. She doesn't have a clue about how manufacturers use all that "ugly packaging", what with its oxygen absorbers, airtight seals, opaque labels complete with handling instructions, and so on, to ensure that we don't end up eating rancid, or moldy, or oxidized foodstuffs. In short, she's not just handling food badly, she's friggin' proud of doing so. She's an idiot.

"Self-absorbed?", you say? Clearly, yes. The article is all about her - her foods, her stores, her bags, her experiences - and she manages to work in how you can live like her by dropping names and places. She's not providing any real advice about handling, transporting, or storing food - based on the previous two questions, she's not really good at it - but instead running a litany of her favorite stores, foods, actions, and so on. She ensures that you know about her usage of kamut, kombucha, and other fads, as self-identification, as well as the ones that would get the most hits on a search engine crawler - crowdfunded, precycling, microstore, Whole Foods - to ensure the visibility of her article.
 
2014-07-13 10:49:04 AM  
Sorry, but no. You can keep your bins full of stale bulk food to yourself, there's no telling how long that stuff has been sitting in there, at least a package is required to have a date on it.

I have zero interest in getting my cereal, or anything for that matter, out of some bin. God knows who's put their dirty hands down in there or how long it's been since they cleaned and sterilized the inside of the bin or the scoops. Some kid sticks his snot covered fingers in to grab a handful of fruit loops and you want to come along and get a bag full of that? You're an idiot.
 
2014-07-13 10:51:52 AM  

ReapTheChaos: Some kid sticks his snot covered fingers in to grab a handful of fruit loops and you want to come along and get a bag full of that?


It's spelled "froot", idjit.
 
2014-07-13 10:54:09 AM  
 
2014-07-13 10:55:50 AM  
I've always been mad because there isn't a cardboard box around our milk bags.
 
2014-07-13 11:18:00 AM  
but all the sugar would get rubbed off the surface of the cereal
 
2014-07-13 11:23:03 AM  

rogue49: That's not what I'm mad about...

I'm mad that cereal are simple cheap carbs that costs $5 a box.
How long has cereal been around???


Potato chips too.  (they aren't as bad, but still)


That's why I shop at Aldi as much as possible and supplement at Costco & the local dollar store.
 
2014-07-13 11:30:59 AM  

Gig103: Sounds like someone has never looked down and seen the generic cereal.

I do like the idea of bulk purchasing, as it's pretty popular at Winco.


Done in one.
 
2014-07-13 11:51:40 AM  
The point of the cardboard box is to allow stacking and prevent crushing of the product. Its also an ideal surface for marketing. Cereal in bags, as has been pointed out, is not a new thing. I like malt-o-meal cereal anyway.
 
2014-07-13 12:10:43 PM  

LargeCanine: The point of the cardboard box is to allow stacking and prevent crushing of the product. Its also an ideal surface for marketing. Cereal in bags, as has been pointed out, is not a new thing. I like malt-o-meal cereal anyway.


Neither is using refillable bottles, but label it "precycling" and it's a new revolutionary idea! And also if you force the people to provide their own packaging it just passes those costs on to them...kind of genius actually. Ahh well what is old in new again.
 
2014-07-13 12:12:37 PM  

rogue49: I'm mad that cereal are simple cheap carbs that costs $5 a box.


You're not paying for the cereal, you're paying for the marketing.

Same with tv dinners or any packaged thing with a diarrhea of graphic design fonts and colors and images on the front. All that adds to the final price.


/won't someone please think of the poor graphic designers
 
2014-07-13 12:41:55 PM  
I just want a prize in the box.
 
2014-07-13 01:13:48 PM  
I saw this in Ontario 25 years ago.

http://www.bulkbarn.ca/en-ca/index.html
 
2014-07-13 01:49:34 PM  
But if that were the case, there wouldn't be gems like these:img.fark.netimg.fark.net
 
2014-07-13 02:48:50 PM  

Waldo Pepper: The only thing those bins work well for is candy where you want to sample a few different flavors. But heck if you pour too much you are stuck having to buy it you can't put it back.


If you only want a little bit of product, don't open the trap on the gravity bin all the way.  They're not that hard to operate.


ReapTheChaos: God knows who's put their dirty hands down in there or how long it's been since they cleaned and sterilized the inside of the bin or the scoops


The gravity bins are nice in that there are no scoops.  There is either a trap that you open or a wheel that you turn that dispenses product.  And every place that I've been to that sells spices in bulk has a tray of clean scoops and a bin for used scoops, which get washed every night.
 
2014-07-13 04:32:38 PM  

dustman81: Malt-O-Meal beat them to the punch
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The hysterical thing is that I've seen Malt-o-meal in boxes as well, despite one of their taglines being to "bag the box" or whatever.
 
2014-07-13 05:12:50 PM  

propasaurus: Doesn't the uniformity of packaging keep shipping costs down?


Also - cardboard is highly recyclable. Not sure I see any major advantage here.
 
2014-07-13 06:17:44 PM  
Nobody wants to read a bag when they're eating cereal.
 
2014-07-13 08:17:11 PM  

Waldo Pepper: . . .  when eating breakfast I would rather read the box than her column

Dear Jerk: Nobody wants to read a bag when they're eating cereal.


I thought it was common knowledge that the cereal box was the only reading material some under-priviledged kids have. That sucker is  War and Peaceto some kids the first time.  

I remember checking the RDA's on every new Quisp box, hoping they would change. Much to my disappointment, they never did put anything worthwhile in there. Tasty though.
 
2014-07-13 08:40:22 PM  
Anyone else (besides me) ever notice that puffed wheat cereals (e.g. Honey Smacks) kinda resemble something a bit more, eh, tasty? I've always been a fan and I've understood for years their subliminal seduction. Gotta get me some!

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2014-07-13 08:51:50 PM  

Slayinit: Anyone else (besides me) ever notice that puffed wheat cereals (e.g. Honey Smacks) kinda resemble something a bit more, eh, tasty? I've always been a fan and I've understood for years their subliminal seduction. Gotta get me some!

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I guess, if you're into dirty-butt licking.
 
2014-07-13 09:13:49 PM  

TheSwizz: Slayinit: Anyone else (besides me) ever notice that puffed wheat cereals (e.g. Honey Smacks) kinda resemble something a bit more, eh, tasty? I've always been a fan and I've understood for years their subliminal seduction. Gotta get me some!

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I guess, if you're into dirty-butt licking.


Well...no. But I can kinda see things from your perspective now. Enjoy your dirty butts. I'll take the front side.
 
2014-07-13 09:46:58 PM  
Why limit yourself to just the cereal in a bag?

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2014-07-13 10:11:41 PM  

Slayinit: Anyone else (besides me) ever notice that puffed wheat cereals (e.g. Honey Smacks) kinda resemble something a bit more, eh, tasty? I've always been a fan and I've understood for years their subliminal seduction. Gotta get me some!

[cache2.artprintimages.com image 338x450]


LOOOOOOOVE Golden Crisp (and the malt-o-meal equivalent that escapes me name-wise currently). Screw breakfast, that stuff makes a kick ass snack.
 
2014-07-13 11:13:59 PM  

Iczer: Slayinit: Anyone else (besides me) ever notice that puffed wheat cereals (e.g. Honey Smacks) kinda resemble something a bit more, eh, tasty? I've always been a fan and I've understood for years their subliminal seduction. Gotta get me some!

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LOOOOOOOVE Golden Crisp (and the malt-o-meal equivalent that escapes me name-wise currently). Screw breakfast, that stuff makes a kick ass snack.


When we were kids we would have puffed wheat milkshakes.
 
2014-07-14 02:51:21 AM  
I drive a motorcycle, all my groceries go in a backpack. Any packaging I can remove gets removed before I leave the store. It saves a huge amount of volume, allowing me to get more groceries in one trip, and it means I have a lot less garbage to deal with.

/Some weird looks from cashiers, but that's about it.
 
2014-07-14 10:29:35 AM  
biatches don't know about my Oatey-Os.
 
2014-07-14 12:59:31 PM  
What grinds my gears is that coffee comes in bulky plastic or cardboard cans. If anything should come in a bag that's it.
 
2014-07-14 02:20:14 PM  
I just bought potato chips sold in a box, so I'm getting a kick....
 
2014-07-14 04:31:26 PM  
For those of you who don't know, WinCo is in the DFW area now.  In a year it'll be in more places around there too.  I just can't say where until it's in the media.
 
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