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285197.  Tue Feb 26, 2008 10:01 am Reply with quote

Q: How many brands of margarine are there on sale in Britain today?
A: None.

The UK Spreads Association (which used to be called the Margarine and Spreads Association) claims that marg is no longer for sale in this country - they recently changed the formulations of their members’ products so that they no longer come into the 80-90% fat content bracket which legally defines them as margarines.

“We would like to make it clear that there are no brands of margarine on sale in Britain today.”

S: Western Daily Press, 15 Aug 07.

(Oddly, the UK Spreads Association doesn’t seem to have a website; but the website - presumably defunct - of the old Margarine and Spreads Association is still up).

Last edited by MatC on Tue Feb 26, 2008 10:26 am; edited 1 time in total

285208.  Tue Feb 26, 2008 10:10 am Reply with quote

Nice. According to the Wiki:
The key to slowing margarine sales (and protecting the established dairy industries), however, emerged as restricting its color. Margarine naturally appears white or almost white: by forbidding the addition of artificial coloring-agents, legislators found that they could keep margarine off kitchen tables. Bans on coloration became commonplace around the world and endured for almost 100 years. It did not become legal to sell colored margarine in Australia, for example, until the 1960s and it is still illegal to sell margarine with coloring in Quebec, Canada....

In several states, the legislature enacted laws to force margarine manufacturers to add pink colorings to make the product look unpalatable, but the Supreme Court struck down New Hampshire's law and overruled these measures. By the start of the 20th century eight out of ten Americans could not buy yellow margarine, and those that could had to pay a hefty tax on it. Bootleg colored margarine became common, and manufacturers began to supply food-coloring capsules so that the consumer could knead the yellow color into margarine before serving it.

285210.  Tue Feb 26, 2008 10:14 am Reply with quote

The brand "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" spawned a variety of similarly-named spreads that can be found on supermarket shelves all over the world. With names like "Utterly Butterly," "You'd Butter Believe it," "Unbelieveable! This Is Not Butter," and "Butterlicious," these butter mixtures avoid the restrictions on labeling with marketing techniques that imply a strong similarity to real butter.

285216.  Tue Feb 26, 2008 10:24 am Reply with quote

We might get a forfeit for:

"I Can't Believe It's Not Margarine!"

285218.  Tue Feb 26, 2008 10:27 am Reply with quote

All links with Fakes

303624.  Wed Mar 26, 2008 9:43 pm Reply with quote

A little tangent: the C17th Dutch Admiral Michiel de Ruyter, leader of the Raid on the Medway, dealt with an attack on his ship by French pirates by smearing the deck with butter and getting his crew to wear socks - whereas the pirates were in bare feet and so kept slipping around like in a comic.

303848.  Thu Mar 27, 2008 6:01 am Reply with quote

Beautiful! "Last Tango on the Medway."


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