Comebacks for Bisto, Vimto and Fray Bentos - lard next?

18 February 2009

Asda have reported that grocery shoppers are following in the footsteps of their parents and picking up the kind of long-established brand names they remember from their childhood rather than cheaper budget-brand alternatives.

Sales of Fray Bentos tinned pies are up 41% while Bisto gravy sales are up by 20%. Other olde worlde names like Vimto and snakes and ladders board games have also enjoyed a significant spike. Thankfully, despite Carol Thatcher’s best efforts, there have been no increases in the sales of golliwogs.

So what’s going on? Are we looking for comfort during these uncertain times of recession and harking back to our childhoods, a time when we felt safe and secure? Probably. All I know is I’ve just scoffed some Ready Brek (with sugar on it) and it’ll be mince and dumplings for tea followed by Lyle’s golden syrup cake and custard.

How about you? Which brand names from your formative years have you reverted back to using again and which long-gone defunct product would you like to see make a comeback? First one to mention Spangles is a stinker though.


  • Joff
    Stuff brands, canned foods is where it's at, specifically corned beef.
  • The s.
    What about............... CRESTA - " It's frothy, man!" Or Space dust! and Wham bars Bring back the old days :)
  • Spence Also read an article on the BBC website but cant seem to find it, think Golliwogs are experienicng a bit of a comeback, no such thing as bad publicity!
  • Wurzel
    Those nice red packs of sickly sweet coconut tobacco...and sweet cigarettes with the cards inside. And no, I've never smoked.
  • Paul
    Trio biscuits!!
  • Bernard b.
    Space Raiders.
  • Helen
    it's only because they have put their cheaper brands prices up that i am now buying the brand names again, may aswell pay 1p more for a decent brand!
  • mad g.
    Who would have the balls to go in to a shop that's swarming with ten year olds and shove your way through to get a wham bar? would the shop call the police? would you land on the sex offenders register for breaking the behavioural norm in our very pc society?
  • chrisg.
    Spangles didn't save Woolies.
  • chrisg.
    Bitza Pizza crisps are sadly missed.
  • andy y.
    how about the old money names? marathon opal fruits ..and my all time favourite washing powder Omo Off topic these three GENUINE local contractors in my locality RC Ayres (electrical) WE Pipe (plumber) RA Raper (plumber)
  • andy y.
    Here's another did you know .The BBC do not recognise the word WINNETS as slang (Winnets are the hairs round your arse),You say it as often as you like if you get on Blue Peter. However if you want to say arse you have to resurrect the Fast Show.
  • Andy D.
    @Mad Scottish Guy - I ate a tube of Smarties while alone on a train once. Something didn't feel right about it.
  • Jeffrey
    Bring back the Smarties tubes with the plastic letter tops :(
  • Martin S.
    @Andy Dawson - Was that because it was actually in a playground and you had puppies with you?
  • Joff
    I'm so out of touch with the commoners, I balked at buying a single tin of Branston beans (not quite a yesteryear brand, but better than Heinz) when I saw the price in Tesco was 64p!! What a crock of shit, even their "Bloomin Big Baked Beans" were under 60p. Serves me right for shopping at Tesco really.
  • Roodney
    Did the original makers of Vimto use that particular anagram deliberately? It's too obvious to miss.
  • Martin
    You can't beat spam fritters, made with best quality battery hen laid eggs.
  • BadBadger
    Whatever happened to Start cereal? I'd love a bowl of that right now
  • Darren W.
    I would love to see things like: Mountain Dew Tab Clear Anyone ever remember the king size cans of pop? like king size coke?
  • Darren W.
    I would love to see them bring back some of the old packaging, love the vimto can above, would be great to see Pepsi and cokes old designs as well. Just sat bored at work thinking about it!
  • Jim
    cremola foam
  • Joff
    Balls to those big cans of fizzy pop, what about those tiny little "gobfull" ones for 10p?
  • Roodney
    You want Mountain Dew Darren? Go to USA, they are swimming in the stuff, and the high caffeine.
  • new F.
    The Fray - Look After You... The Fray is a Grammy Award-nominated four-piece band. Showed up in 2002 by schoolmates Isaac Slade and Joe King, the Greeley-based rock band represented their debut album How to Save a Life in 2005....
  • Retro S.
    Wish they would bring spangles back! We have tried to track them down but they have been properly delisted :-(
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