Wednesday, February 17, 2010

One Word Wednesday: London

A few years ago I visited London and went on a whirlwind tour of UK supermarkets including Waitrose, Tesco, and Marks & Spencer. These supermarkets are AMAZING as they have a wide assortment of high quality, fresh prepared foods in the refrigerated section of the store. It was incredible to see these clever and very fresh products in beautifully designed packaging that stood out on the shelves.

If you have ever tried to take photos in a supermarket, it is generally discouraged resulting in a spy-like experience of covertly taking bad photos in hopes of capturing the product essence. I purchased bags and bags of products as well, but I couldn't buy the whole store! So apologies for the bad photo quality...but that said, I had so many favorite unique things that I have to do an in-depth post. Coming very soon but here's a teaser:

An example of the stunning premium packaging for this ready-to-cook and serve salmon wellington.

I'm still wishing for this "breakie to go" aka breakfast smoothie with fruit, granola and probiotic yogurt.

Our questions for today:

Have you seen any interesting international products that you wish were available here? What are they?

Have you visited any unusual or interesting grocery store in other countries? What did you buy?


Fran said...

I'd have to say that the one thing that stands out the most from my grocery shopping days living overseas was in the Philippines -- the aisle of SPAM was an eyeopener and in the same aisle were always countless cans of tuna with different flavors.

I gave my housekeeper money each week and gave her free reign once she got a feel for what I liked to eat. She could purchase what she wanted for herself and it was always SPAM and tuna for her.

I think you've just inspired me to write my own post about expat grocery shopping. :)

Lauren said...

Oh, Fran I can't wait to see your post. I am also doing a more in depth one with my favorite product photos.

Claire Koenig said...

Hi Lauren,

This isn't related to the post, but I have question for you. A potential client of mine is looking for a food lab to do nutritional labeling/info for school lunches. Bay Area. I don't know exactly what you do, but thought you might have contacts in this area? Thanks! Feel free to reply to my email address. ~ Claire Koenig

Lauren said...

Claire, I don't have your email and I have a recommendation. Could you email me at

Nicola said...

well, i lived in the UK, so i know of what you speak. not only are the prepared foods as you described, they are unique in food combos and ethnic styles, often far better than typical british fare. and the packages are extremely well labeled with potential allergens, too.
also italy, where i learned up boxed milk and marinara. the boxed milk was a godsend when traveling with no fridge.