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Good for them.

From BBC News:
Tesco, the UK's dominant supermarket chain, has withdrawn a crisp range after the producer complained that it did not want to be stocked there.

Tyrrells, the Herefordshire-based maker of upmarket crisps, had threatened to sue Tesco for stocking the snacks against its wishes.
I think I know what crisps I'll be buying in the future.

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desperance
Sep. 18th, 2006 02:03 pm (UTC)
Durn tootin'. Will-of-Tyrrell was on the radio this morning, along with Baffled-of-Tesco. I did wish he'd laid into the whole supermarket-dominance thing a bit harder on air, but he's clearly just too nice a guy.

PS - also, they are damn' fine crisps.
sbisson
Sep. 18th, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC)
My cousin's husband used to be one of the main vegetable exporters from Jersey. You should hear what he has to say about the supermarkets...

The way they treat farmers is despicable. They'll charge back unsold produce. make the farmers pay for the store layout, and for packaging, and at the same time completely ignore the natural shape of foodstuffs. The only one he had any time for was Waitrose. The worst, by far, was post-Walmart Asda, with Tesco a very close second.
camies
Sep. 18th, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
My nearest supermarket is Asda (there aren't any Tescos around here for some reason, long may this remain the case) but I think in this case I shall not be going there either.
Veggie boxes from Abel and Cole are good!
frandowdsofa
Sep. 18th, 2006 02:19 pm (UTC)
I buy them for preference when we indulge in crisps anyway, their parsnip ones are fantastic.
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kevinwmoor
Sep. 18th, 2006 09:22 pm (UTC)
I second the root veg crisps. Excellent stuff!
ianmcdonald
Sep. 18th, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC)
all hail the Tyrell (Crisp) Corporation.
stevegreen
Sep. 18th, 2006 04:17 pm (UTC)
Indeed. Their support of the small independent retailer is to be commended.
fjm
Sep. 18th, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC)
Huh!

I'd feel a lot more cheery if they were bloody gluten free. The British Library stocks Tyrells with the result that I have to walk across the road to get a packet of Walkers.

So far they are the *only* brand I've found which has no gluten free flavour (if their salted is gluten free ok, but I've never actually found just salted Tyrells).
cobrabay
Sep. 18th, 2006 11:56 pm (UTC)
I don't know about the rest of their range, but the mixed root vegetable crisps are gluten free (I have some in the cupboard) and I think the lightly salted potato crisps are too, but that is only vague recollection as it's not an issue for me, I buy their root veg crisps because I like them. I get mine at Waitrose.
fjm
Sep. 19th, 2006 04:29 am (UTC)
I like root crisps, but they aren't cheese and onion/
micheinnz
Sep. 19th, 2006 06:11 am (UTC)
I've obviously missed something... is there a specific problem with Tesco, or is it just that they are the dominant chain?
lil_shepherd
Sep. 19th, 2006 08:24 am (UTC)
Tesco bought Tyrell's crisps on the 'grey market' because Tyrell's wouldn't sell to them directly, which is what brought this to a head. I gather they will only sell to Waitrose, which makes a point of sourcing products locally. Tesco was, apparently, the supermarket that bankrupted Tyrell when they sold potatoes.
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