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I proposed a couple of weeks ago that foods ought to be labeled with both "best by" and "expires on" labels, so that consumers have enough information with which to make buying and consumption decisions. This prompted MNB user Joan Cooper to write:

Love the idea – “best by” and “expires on.”  I also hope any such legislation would call for some sort of uniformity in legibility of fond so the shoppers can actually read the date.

Regarding the sale of Mars stores to Weis this week, and the closure of the stores that could not be sold, MNB user Richard Raudabaugh wrote:

I remember calling on Tony at Mars back in the mid-80’s, tough tough buyer.   At that time they had about 8 or so stores and were supplying them out of the old Pantry Pride warehouse that use to supply about 100 stores.

Before you met with the buyer, you had to go to each store, take inventory, then go to the warehouse and take inventory and then on to your monthly standing appointment.

Tony would usually rip you about price or something to the point all the reps would call each other after their appointments just to hear what happened.

This is also in the days when if Tony had a question after your appointment that day, he would call you in the evening so you better be sure to be waiting for that call.

The good old days!!  I really miss them, now you rarely see your buyer face to face, it’s all e-mail.  Seems like all your T&E is spent going to your own office with little left over to go to the customer.

Chiming in on the discussion about millennials, one MNB user wrote:

Every time I hear about the next generation, I think about a quote:  “The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.”
Sounds like what my parents were saying about my generation and what my grandparents were saying about my parents’ generation.  Actually, this is a quote from Socrates who lived over 2400 years ago.  The younger generation can’t be any worse than the last.  In fact, I think each generation may be getting a little better.  After all, we’re still here after all that time.


Responding to yesterday's video "FaceTime" about Walter's Hot Dogs and its brand resonance over generations, MNB reader Dave Deacon wrote:

I grew up in Rye NY, just up the road from Walters, but never heard about them until many years later when I moved back into the area into an apartment ½ block away from Walters as a newlywed with my new wife.

Out of curiosity seeing the long line, we stopped by Walters one day, and our hot dog eating lives were forever changed at the moment of first bite.  There is NO WAY to describe how good these dogs are, and I am disappointed that I spent so many years in my youth never having the pleasure to experience a Walters hot dog.

Unfortunately for me, I have lived away from the NY suburbs for the past 26 years, and until Walters decides to open a Chicagoland location, I only have my memories.  Please Walters, come west!

MNB reader David Shellie wrote:

I have a similar experience with brand resonance.  My parent are from the Canton, Ohio area but all their children were born and raised in Michigan.  When we visit family in Ohio, we were always treated to Troyer’s Trail Bologna.  This treat has transcended generations now and all my nieces, nephews and friends always look forward to the times when someone ventures down to Amish country near Canton and brings back rolls of trail bologna.

Cheers for those unique brands that continue to thrive because they are good, different and special.

MNB reader Larry Owens wrote:

Loved your Face Time today with your take on Walter’s Hot Dogs.  The best part of the whole segment, though, was definitely Allison.  Congratulations to her on her graduation – I hope she goes into acting, she’s a natural!

And from MNB reader John McGuire:

Your daughter was great in the clip!


More on Allison in "OffBeat," below...
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