cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
Okay, this is 'picky' but I have to do it.
I loved Thomas Square Bagel Bread in the normal size. We bought this product regularly until it wasn't to be found on the shelf at any local stores. It worked well for breakfast and was wonderful as a sandwich medium. Then, I opted for the 'mini' version and bought that until it, too, disappeared.
(Note: I found that these items appear to still be made based on the Thomas website. The website permits product location by zip code area and there are no locations in this area that appear to have this product any longer. I've e-mailed them asking about this situation and when, if ever, the product will return to our area.)
From there, I switched back to English muffins. I tried several brands and decided that I preferred those with the brand name 'Village Hearth'. I bought a couple of packages over the course of a week or so from the local Pick 'n Save store on Mequon Road. Then, they disappeared from the shelf. I found Thomas muffins and Roundy's muffins and Sara Lee muffins, but no Village Hearth muffins. I have been eating the Sara Lee brand but it just doesn't do the trick for me.
My morning is started with me thinking about how much I'd enjoy a Thomas square bagel or even a Village Hearth muffin while I eat the Sara Lee version.
This is minor, I admit, but it is indicative of my experience with our Pick' n Save. I'm pretty sure this is uniform across all Roundy's stores. There seems to be a near-constant change of brands. I understood that Roundy's private brands were replacing some of these changed products. That probably speaks to the profit margins that Roundy's achieves on their private brands. But the changing of brands seems almost a constant to me. I don't know if there is that much volatility in the costs from month to month or if this simply points to a special deal having been cut that deprives us of the brands we were accustomed to having available.
Is it just me, and therefore I should just get used to it, or are there other 'picky' readers who have similar feelings?