Here’s something that has made me crazy and baffled me for some time now. We have a new environmentally friendly “green” Hannaford in Augusta. It’s a great store, and wicked convenient for me.
I never know where to find curry, beans, rice, “ethnic” noodles…
What’s under the Rice sign? (This is in Aisle 1, but you’d never know it from the Aisle 1 sign…)
Primarily rice in boxes, mostly Uncle Ben’s and similar,
but there is some Jasmine here too, and OMG is that couscous under the Rice sign?
So, what I want to know is, how is Mexican different than Hispanic? How is Asian not International? Why is Jewish food (Manischewitz is a US company) with the Hispanic/International food? Why is some curry in the Asian section and other curry in the international section? Where is the sense in this???
I mentioned this to one of the grocery stocker a couple weeks ago. He gave me a hard time, and the woman grocery stocker near him told him to watch it or I’d hit him. She has no idea… It was all in good fun, but I was actually serious about it.
Anyhow, today I spoke to one of the grocery managers. He agreed, it makes no sense.
Guess who designs the store layout? Corporate headquarters. Guess who I’m going to send a comment to? Corporate headquarters. My suggestion? Have a section called “ethnic foods”. But then where would I find the roasted red peppers? With the vegetables? With the pasta and sauces? With the “ethnic” foods? I think at this store they’re with the vegetables. At the other supermarket in town, I think some are with the pasta items, and some are with the international foods. And let’s not try to figure out how they determine which go where on that one…
But I’m still uncomfortable segregating the Mexican foods from the Hispanic foods and all of these and the Asian foods from the International foods. And when did Jewish become a nationality? Let’s call it all Ethnic Food? Or maybe something else, but put it all together!