|It comes in other flavors too ... French Vanilla is my favorite.|
Oh, there are other iced coffee mixes, all right ... Maxwell House, for instance, at a higher price, higher calorie-and carb-count, and less flavor. Why Walmart would discontinue carrying the superior product, when every time I went to buy it, it was nearly sold out, is not really a mystery. I have accosted the food manager at my local store, and the answer is always the same ... "we don't control purchasing, the orders come from on-high".
In other words, it doesn't matter that the product was more popular in this particular store ... someone at the head office took an average count from some anonymous numbers, and picked Maxwell House as the winner. Why there can't be a choice for customers is something I'm getting used to in San Antonio, Texas, the home of "you live here now, you don't have a lot of choices ... get used to it".
For instance, HEB several years ago ran all the other grocery stores out of town (Randall's, Krogers, Safeway) by severely undercutting their prices; then once they folded, raised their prices right back up again. There are literally no other supermarket choices in San Antonio (the ONE and only thing I hate about this town!)
So, back to the North Sea Iced Coffee Mix (which I discovered, by the way, was formerly known as Frappe' Creme Iced Coffee Drink Mix). I looked and searched and combed the internet for more sources of this wonderful product. I finally tracked down the parent company (not easy) ... Sturm Foods ... and begged to be able to buy directly (in bulk) from them. No such luck. I received a very nice response to my request, which stated that Walmart is no longer carrying their product, and that it is currently no longer being carried in any other store. And that they can't sell to individuals.
I guess I wouldn't be so bent out of shape about this if it didn't seem to be the norm instead of the exception. Favorite lipstick color? Not made anymore. Best diet soda? Discontinued. The only hand cream that works on my super-dry skin? No longer available.
My paternal grandfather ("Papaw") was what some might call a hoarder. You would never have known it, because he was very neat and tidy, and everything was stacked neatly behind cabinet doors. But when he found a product he liked, he bought mass quantities of it, because he never wanted to run out. He blamed his hoarding on The Great Depression. I blame mine on The Dreaded Walmart.