Why do Big Store foods taste different?
May 21, 2012 3:57 PM Subscribe
I'll phrase this in a way to avoid legal problems or simple unfairness. I've noticed that certain foods and drinks I buy from The Big Store differ from the same items when I buy them from a Small Store. The items are the same brand with same description on packaging. But they just seem different in how they taste, feel, or spoil. Any insights on how and why this happens?
posted by ErikH2000 to food & drink (17 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
The Big Store is a place that sells to small business owners and normal people that don't mind buying large quantities of things to get a better deal. The Small Store is any typical chain grocery store. Some concrete examples:
* I buy a lemon-flavored malt alcohol beverage at the Big Store and the flavor is sweeter than the Small Store. Only visible difference is the bottle is plastic instead of glass and contains 8 ounces more liquid.
* I buy seasoned almonds at the Big Store in a larger plastic bag. They taste a little flavorless (stale?) compared to the same thing I get at Small Store in an aluminum can.
* I buy bread which comes from an in-state supplier. From the Big Store it is softer and close to a doughy texture. Each slice of bread is maybe 20% larger. It does not show mold after 4 months, though it gets hard. Same product from Small Store has drier texture and molds typically after a few months.
I'd like to know a little more about why there are differences and how the causes of them can be learnt. I think there are simple non-conspiracy-theory explanations for most/all of my observations. Just trying to see what new thing somebody points out that I can learn.