Ocean Spray & Gatorade drinks comparison - US vs. Australia

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  1. Davez621

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    Here's the Ocean Spray drinks section of my local Woolworths:

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    Here's the equivalent section in a US supermarket:

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    Compared to Australia, there are 15-20 varieties including 100% juice, light/diet, and so on. The drinks are on 5 shelves, compared with 2 in Australia, and come in both standard size, super large 1 gallon (on bottom), and even small 330 mL bottles (not pictured), which are only sold in 8-packs.

    Onto the Gatorade.

    As seen here the selection here in Australia is a bit better than Ocean Spray but still very limited:

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    Not counting the powder, the actual drinks are only on 3 shelves, and come in 1 size only. We can see about 8 varieties, which isn't too bad, but very expensive at $3.11 per bottle. Definitely not affordable for the average family. Furthermore, there is no G2 (low calorie) Gatorade variety available.

    The US store has the drinks on 7 different shelves:

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    They come in 4 different sizes - 8 packs of approx 600 mL, 940 mL bottles sold individually, plus larger 1.9 and 3.8L bottles on the bottom shelf. Price is around $1 per 600 mL bottle, or 1/3 of Australian price. However, better value can be had i.e. 10x940mL for $10 or about 65c per 600mL. While the number of different flavours is not drastically different to Australia, the main difference is that most are available in G2 (or low calorie) varieties, which effectively doubles the choice.

    PS - the photos were taken at a small Woolworths, but then again, the US supermarket was also a small one (relatively speaking).
     
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    Interesting photos.

    It does not bother me at all though.

    Both ocean spray and gatorade are essentially water than sugar on the ingredients list. Let alone all the artificial shit in them (which it seems the USA has more of.. especially concerning is the ammount of artificial sweetener variants).


    basically.. lack of synthetic drinks... doesnt bother me
     
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    That's amazing... American supermarkets have more variety of American drinks, I would never have guessed :thumbup:
     
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    oh... it's gonna be one of these threads again...
     
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    Right... and everyone here has been to the US before?
     
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    Useless comparison is useless..
    Time to compare the Vegemite sections between Oz and US eh? I bet they have a whole lot of shelf space set aside..
     
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    Nope, you're correct. Thank you for pointing out the obvious to us :)
     
  9. spludgey

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    "Australia is different to America! :eek:"

    :rolleyes:
     
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    I'm trying to illustrate *how* it's different, not just that it is different.
     
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    Its very different, they dont even speak english ;)
     
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    Australian Supermarket:
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    US Supermaket:
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    Mind blown.. :shock:
     
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    Try comparing two products that are sold in both countries. Last time I checked, Vegemite isn't officially distributed there. That said, when I looked at the confectionary section of the supermarket there, I only saw maybe 2 different types of Cadbury, and overall it made up maybe 1-2% of the total chocolate section.
     
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    But Vegemite is American...:confused:
     
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    I couldn't care about the ocean spray.

    But the Gatorade I've seen most of the flavours that are here in the US in AU. Just not every supermarket has every flavour, it kind of varies.

    What you need to compare, is the bread. Though it kind of needs to be done by taste.

    Most of the bread in the US is all sweet horrible shit, with high fructose corn syrup etc in it. No idea why they feel that bread has to be sweet. Its weird and horrible.
    Australian bread is much nicer, one of the things that I really miss from AU. That and hot chips from the corner shop. God damnit now I feel like hot chip sandwiches :(
     
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    Americans have so much Gatorade because they have an obsession to be like Mike.

    Also, Americans are fat bastards.
     
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    Not for much longer.. There has been a change in the guard, meal sizes especially in restaurants R getting smaller. It's a way to maximise profits.

    For reference, I travel thee 5-7 times a year and was there 2 weeks ago.
     
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    I don't want to jump into the "Australia is not America" debate
    But would like to comment on one topic

    And?
    What is the point of a low-cal Gatorade?
    The idea of drinking gatorade other than as a fuel for sport (specifically for endurance) seems like a horrible idea to me (really don't like the taste). To make a low-cal version seems like it defeats the purpose.

    Back to http://www.infinitnutrition.com.au/ for me I guess.
     
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    The low calorie versions are for rehydration and replacement of lost electrolytes, not primarily as an energy source.
     
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    I can't see the point of low calorie energy drinks. Without the energy why drink it? The powerade no sugar is just salt, water and flavour - just drink water and save the $3...

    (This of course glosses over the issue of people drinking energy drinks when they don't need the extra calories)
     

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