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Customer Demand – How Others Influence Your Food Choices

April 11, 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI came across a post on a Facebook page yesterday that made me wonder about the true source of demand and who is, really, affecting your food choices. One would think we’re all empowered to choose what we eat three times per day, but what if we can’t because our choices are removed? Here’s a clip:

” From a HRS site:Thank you for taking the time to write. Out of the utmost respect and care for our customers, Sprouts is voluntarily discontinuing its sales of rabbit meat. While it’s important to remember there are no food safety concerns with rabbit products, this decision was made to ensure our customers are confident and comfortable when shopping in our stores.

Best,
Angela
Customer Relations | Sprouts Farmers Market”

Now I don’t know what their sales were, and it’s not likely they’ll talk to me anyway. I’m not in their customer base. But what about those folks who are? The emphasis above is mine. There are no food safety issues…the decision was made to ensure customers are confident and comfortable – which logically means, then, that they weren’t confident or comfortable shopping where there was rabbit meat in the meat counter.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFrom a food choices perspective, these activists writing in (may or may not have been customers) decided for Sprouts Farmers Market that they do not have the choice to purchase it because it’s not in the store. Is it effective? It absolutely is! If it’s not available you can’t buy it! You don’t have that choice.

When people buy direct, they can choose where to buy their meats, but for those buying at the store, they can’t buy what isn’t there. We could sell to points far away but shipping isn’t cheap. Then there’s regulations!

The manages of stores decide what is in their store based on what sells – what their customers want. If they hear many don’t want something, especially if sales aren’t strong, it’s gone. If stores cease to sell Kellogg’s or Kraft or other brands, it affects your food choices heavily.  There is intense competition in commercial supermarkets for space.

To have food choices we must make them! This may include standing up and not infringing on the choices others make. I don’t care for broccoli, but don’t wish for or campaign with stores to not carry it. Others have a different view. Make no mistake, dear reader, there are many who very much want to affect your food choices.

If you don’t want GMO then by all means don’t buy it. If you want organic, awesome! If you like the convenience of processed foods, buy them. If you’re vegan, vegetarian, fruitarian or omnivore great. All are food choices.

But whatever your food choices, don’t let others make them for you. And food choices are for everyone – even those who choose differently than we do. Don’t let others make your decisions for you.

Help us preserve food choices for all.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. April 11, 2013 9:37 PM

    I agree. It is one of the many reasons that led us to start raising our own meat, so we could have choices that couldn’t be taken away from us by some well or not so well-intentioned people.

  2. April 12, 2013 10:34 AM

    Who knew that food could become so political. The new food safety act (FSMA) is likely to reduce our choices as well as us small- to medium-sized farmers will either quit farming or change to crops not for human consumption or reduce our acreage to reduce the required paperwork. Sorry, just needed to vent a bit.

    • April 12, 2013 9:39 PM

      Yes there are many factors out of our hands! Thanks for stopping by & commenting!

  3. April 15, 2013 2:17 PM

    That’s insanity… I’m not really going to blame a company if they are losing business or being threatened by customers “We’ll stage a rally unless you stop selling the “cute” animals as meat” then they are going to do what they have to in order to maintain a customer base. On the other hand, we’re letting a few people determine the choices of others and that is not democracy. To object about a product that poses no safety issue, has not been the subject of some animal cruelty investigation, but simply because it’s a “cute” animal? Insanity. Should we now sue these people for discrimination and bullying because the other animals aren’t considered “Cute”? It is a simple choice, if you don’t don’t like it, then you don’t buy it, but don’t dare assume you have the right to take other people’s choices away from them.

    • April 16, 2013 9:05 AM

      I agree. There are thousands of products in most grocery stores I don’t like – I don’t buy them. Clearly someone does or they wouldn’t be there. I’m all for food choices, but not food dictatorship. Thanks for stopping by!

      • An Irish Male In America permalink
        April 16, 2013 9:17 AM

        Excellent coin of phrase! Food Dictatorship! I like it! (the term, not the practice).

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