Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Wal-Mart Great Value Brand Is Pathetic



I have spoken out before about the ridiculous policy of Wal-Mart branded grocery products showing they are distributed by Wal-Mart stores but not stating where the actual product is manufactured like the country of origin.

Last night, I decided to put Wal-Mart to task on this problem with the labeling of accurate information on their product.

I hadn't darkened myself into a Wal-Mart in a little less than a year I'd say until I walked into one to buy a few items last night to prepare for an at work luncheon today.

I went to the grocery store area looking at the new box packaging for "Great Value" branded products of Wal-Mart searching for any indication of the country of manufacture but never found anything worthy except that Wal-Mart distributes the product.

I decided after looking at 17 new food products with the packaging to find out why. I found the number 1-877-505-2267 and reached a representative named "April".

April asked the reason for my call and I explained to her why doesn't Wal-Mart name the country of manufacture for food products in their stores. I told her also I looked at numerous products and was looking at one right there that plainly stated Wal-Mart was the distributor of the product but not the manufacturer.

I also told her it's deceptive in my view to not include this information on the packaging so United States consumers can make educated and healthy food product choices in what they purchase from Wal-Mart's private label brand.

"April" told me by telephone an interesting answer. She said any Great Value product that does not list the country of origination on the packaging (which it turns out was EVERY Great Value food product I discovered) the product is manufactured and produced in the United States.

I told her that I didn't dispute what she said but in the age of food scares from China on contaminated products it would be a most helpful selling point if the product "Great Value" would actually show the country of origination.

Heck, I'd buy these products if I knew they were actually manufactured here instead of on some country that has far fewer safeguards in place for food quality assurance.

"April" told me she'd pass along the comments but at this time Wal-Mart has no plans to indicate the food country of origin because of the unwritten Wal-Mart rule that products not labeled as manufactured elsewhere are indeed manufactured within the United States.

I told her I was going to boycott Wal-Mart and tell others of this lack of corporate responsibility. In fact, true to say I haven't been into a Wal-Mart in a good while for buying groceries, but I won't miss going back in there either.

Long check out lines.

Indifferent employees.

Crowded spaces.

Few cashiers to check your groceries out and most always locked up self check outs.

I always go back to China but I dare say that some of the issues with Chinese food products are lack of quality and standards in place for food quality. But in the case of contaminated baby milk and contaminated dog and cat foods.

I feel honestly the tainted infant milk was malicious and I feel equally about the tainted dog and cat food as well.

Do we really need to save a few pennies on second rate products that are supposedly labeled as a "Great Value"?

There's something wrong here that a country like China can poison food products and we have very little concern over the labeling of products that can help us consumers make wise decisions.

Even more wrong in my opinion are products that are made in China sold in the United States that are cheaper to try and run out legitimate food producing companies here in the United States. Can't we make vegetables, pet food, frozen foods, and other products here without having to completely rely on other countries to product or manufacture it and sell it back to us?

Wal-Mart is not helping this at all by continuing to believe they have no responsiblity toward the labels on the food products they sell in the stores. If you want to call and voice concern or even pat Wal-Mart on the back for whatever reason, the number is toll free, 1-877-505-2267.

A new entry coming up soon.

Have a great Tuesday!!

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm discovering that US is considered the country of manufacture if the product was packaged here, despite the fact that the ingredients may have originated from another country. So, the stuff arrives in bulk containers from China, but if it's repackaged here, it's considered a product of the USA. Not a knock against Great Value, but I have the suspicion that a lot brands use this to their advantage.

Anonymous said...

Great Value really needs to be boycotted. I use to buy most of my groceries by Great Value, things like milk & pancakes. And now my 1 year old daughter is extermely ill from their products. I wish there was a way I could get people to not buy Great Value, but everybody these days will do anything to save a couple of bucks!!

Anonymous said...

I used to mistakenly believe that "Distributed by:" equated to "Made by:" Any company that would import food product ingredients from China, and then intentionally mislead consumers to believe that its sources are reputable, should be driven out of business. I began wondering about Walmart's Great Value brand and began to suspect that they use Chinese ingredients or manufacturers. Any country that would poison their own children (baby formula) cannot ever be trusted. I bet Walmart gets a lot of its food products from China, but they would never tell the American people this, because it might bankrupt them.

Just a Brazilian guy said...

Reading your concerns about food from China, I decided to share some interesting information with you. I'm Brazilian and a few years ago I attended to a brief course of international trading at one of our Universities. To my surprise, I learned that we Brazilians do not eat pure crab meat. All the best meat from crab was exported to the U.S. and certain other countries. What we eat here the rest is mixed with stingray meat. The same was true for the oranges and most of other edible products. The very best of our production is exported. I live in a city where there is a good production of crabs and never have eaten pure crab meat. So stop complaining about imported food. The way Americans consume and waste, you should be thankful that there are countries that supply your demands the best of their productions.

Anonymous said...

Don't be so blind to think that all food made in the US is safe. Genetically Modified (GMO) foods are infiltrating our stores and we are unwittingly consuming these poisonous products. If you really care about what you eat just research GMO's and you will undoubtedly switch to organic only. Spread the word...

Anonymous said...

I honestly don't think Wal-Mart really cares what consumers think. Where I live their are only 2 grocery stores, sadly mom and pop charge an arm and leg for products wal-mart sells for much less, So it's a trade off imho low prices for health risk in return. I'd rather not shop at wal-mart b/c of imported foods form china where the use of illegal vet drugs are given to the fish farmers raise, but wal-marts distrubution ctr is our main employer.

Anonymous said...

To take this a step further, you can write to your senators and congressmen. Find out who yours is by visiting www.senate.gov or www.house.gov


You may also contact the FDA (www.fda.gov) and the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (www.fsis.usda.gov)

Anonymous said...

Great Value Milk is produced by the lowest bidder. Roberts Dairy does the Great Value Milk here. Same container, same milk, different container. 50-60 cents a gallon cheaper for the same thing.

Anonymous said...

Pretty sure that you're knocking Walmart for the sake of knocking Walmart. I hate to break it to you but most Great Value brands are produced locally, often in the exact same factories as name-brand products.

. said...

I might be doing that but a major company like Walmart should be a better steward if the public. They could tell us where the product is actually made .

Anonymous said...

I bought the great value light bulbs the kind that they said was for the go green, you know the swirly type the ones that are supposed to last for years. Well these bulbs only lasted a few months. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheryl Hansler said...

We were just talking about Great Value brand and the fact that it doesnt say where the actual food came from...This post is what came up when we looked it up !! Said everything I was just talking about...to a tee!! AWESOME!! I plan to phone the number after this and talk to "Walmart reps" ....I appreciate the well written truth!!! YAY!!!
Walmart sucks anyways because of the way they make their money...Stomping on the small people out there!!
God Bless you!!

Rosa said...

i live in Canada, and it does say that the great value butter for example is the "product of Canada". So probably the April girl you talked to was telling the truth about when they dont say anything about the name of the country, it means its made in the US. This butter im looking out right now has not been made in the US so it does say its the product of Canada on it ...

Anonymous said...

Wow americans complain about everything, we have everything, we waste everything, we can't agree on anything, we complain when a company tries to help the less fortunate by saving us a couple bucks, we have the choice to buy or not to buy but we buy and complain anyways, and then mock the guy like me for tellin u the truth. Gz poeple, take my job as a farmer, I grow crops milk cows, I work three times harder then a chineese fisherman I bleed to keep my family in their shoes..... Alll this for u, the typical complaining american, how bout this... Ill stop working and consume products for cheap and watch them run out cause me and the neighbor down the road don't want to farm anymore and we will see how u complain

Anonymous said...

i didn't read all the comments, only the first one about the guy complaining about GV products. I have to say there are lots of things people in everyday life buy that are not made in the U.S. food, electronics, ETC. The way i look at it wal-mart is doing alot of people a favor with there GV products. There are just as many companies in the U.S. that sell food products there are contaminated but never make media air for everyone to know about it. I understand and respect your opinion and if thats how you feel so be it, i'll keep buying there products.

Anonymous said...

I think some of you are missing the point...walmart chooses not to put where the product is made...and in choosing not to do so is a bad corporation.

Anonymous said...

Stop bitching bout GV products, the only problem I have with em is that most of em taste horrible and gross so im real picky bout which ones I will buy but if im like many other americans who run short on cash ill settle with a select few GV products. Not once have I ever gotten sick off em so I don't know wat "poison" u ignorant ppl are talking bout. So if u have a problem with the product because it isn't labeled correctly or because u think its poisened then here is an idea, don't buy the damn product. As for where its distributed 10-1, america. If u think its poisened then dont eat it and don't feed it to ur children and contact the FDA

Anonymous said...

That last comment is made by someone who doesn't understand your point...you should have deleted it.

Anonymous said...

I had a dream about the great value products last night, i seen that the quality of the food is not good and can make you very ill, i told my husband about my dream, something drove me to this page, and i don't have dreams like this for nothing! I have not trusted great value from the very beginning, my dream and this site has confirmed my instincts!

Anonymous said...

As a parent of of child with a peanut allergy we have noticed that all the Great Value products now have the disclaimer "may contain traces of peanuts". I recently picked up pure canola oil not even thinking i needed to check the ingredients. As it turns out the pure vegetable oil we had been using at home had the same disclaimer. It is mandated to make statement if it is true but it is wrong to just use the blanket statement to protect yourself - We will no longer be buying Great Value products.

Anonymous said...

I will always want to know where food originates. I had a job that handled information about adulterated food in this country. A half worm in a can of corn does not compare to poisonous chemicals that never belonged in food to start with. As for prices, if you check you will find that GV is not automatically the cheapest Walmart carries but will be at eye level.. GV yogurt does not have the nutritional labeling that is standard for US (and probably is not the only brand).. I came across this article in my search of a place to find the information I am looking for. You can avoid buying GV but it pays to read any brand labels.. I detest those that say "may contain one or more of the following".

jepordy roberts said...

I had purchased a bag of great value self rising flour and opened this morning and it had little black bugs in it dont buy the flour!!

Anonymous said...

FYI- If you check the GV apple juice, you'll see that they label it as containing concentrate that may have come from Argentina or China. For this reason, I don't buy their brand of apple juice. I think it's probable that there is a contract between Walmart and the producer of their product. If the producer also sells their brand of the product alongside Walmart's private label Great Value, why would the consumer be willing to pay more for the brand name if they know the Great Value product is from the exact same producer?

Anonymous said...

I think your last idiot comment is unwarranted. You are asking Walmart to be a better corporate citizen. I am surprised the comment was approved.

Anonymous said...

I think quite a few GV productd I've tried is of lesser value/quality of the name brand. I have not looked that closley to the label, but I will look closer from now on. I have seen videos from China about fake eggs. Scarey stuff! I also wanted to say something about your comment on the employees. My husband used to work for them and they make nothing with no hours. His boss bought a new Avalanche with his bonus and we couldn't afford to buy groceries from Walmart. They lied to him numerous times about things like more hours and being a full time employee. Very few people are full time employees there. They are mistreated and under paid there. Thats a big reason those employees aren't the best. Same reason about check out, the quickest and easiest way to make money is to cut people. Thanks for your post! Just one more reason to tru and stay away from GV products and from Walmart.

Anonymous said...

I have just bought GV frozen chicken wings buffalo style/ honey garlic etc... and let me tell you that they are the best wings i've ever bought, they were big and lots of meat on them. i used to buy schneiders / pinty / and many others. gv's are the best. but their coffee sucks.

Anonymous said...

Lmao...stop whining, and stop the elitism...the US already gets the best of the best and walmart is a great place to shop. Low prices and a good variety of products.

thims said...

Quite a few companies bank on this vulnerability in our current market and make bank doing it. We need actual products that are worth eating and absolutely are not a Big'Mac. We need to either boycott the companies and force them to get there walk straight or petition government to place more stringent regulation on there manufacturing procedures and/or increase the taxes on certain import taxes.


The following explains the idea of the above in a more general sense with focus on a socialist inspired way to introduce such.
http://faithfulskin.blogspot.com/2012/11/corporation-tax-change-and-better.html

Anonymous said...

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know China has been trying to kill Americans for years with their products. Remember leaded paint used in pharmaceuticals? When they attacked our dogs through tainted dog food that really was a low blow. I suspect many of the terminal effects of their products won't come to light and we'll all have to be glowing before our government takes issue. By that time it will be too late. Walmart is one of the worst companies pushing Chinese products.

Anonymous said...

I bought Notts Apple Juice in the small bottles at Walmart only to find that they were made from China and Argentina. It was printed on the top of the caps. I am also concerned about the stuffed toys that all say they are made in China. My son puts them in His nouth. Almost all of the cooking utensils and dishes come from there with brand names attached. I worry mainly about the food since I had colon cancer, but also worry about anything used to prepare food or eat food. Baby products including toys, clothing and bedding are also a problem because babies and small chilren put everything in the mouth.

Rebecca Ruth said...

Absolutely agree here! I was just sitting back eating some Great Value Brand Trail Mix, thinking, "hmm, I wonder what sort of GMO products are in this crap...". Turns out all the milk/white chocolate chips and peanut butter chips are crap, the dried fruit is just sugar and preservatives, and the mixed nuts are more than likely all GM.
Keep in mind that just because it's American Made doesn't mean it's safe for consumption. Corporations like Monsanto really put a damper on our food system. Check the label. Go as organic as you possibly can. If you have access to local farmer's markets, GO! The community will thank you and so will your body.

Jim Underhill said...

Remember, Sam Walton is dead. WAlmart makes NO effort to buy US manufactured or grown items. Walmart IS the largest single customer of China. Walmart items (even if they bear the brand name of a known company, like Sony, are NOT the same item in another store -- it is a cheaper model). I recently bought a digital camera - stopped working at 5 months -- guess what, Walmart only takes digital cameras back for 15 days after sale -- does that tell you that they know they are selling crap? Of course it does. BOYCOTT WALMART.

Sarah Hutchison said...

I can c both sides of this. How alarming it can be to realize your eating food that couuld make you or your family ill and also how dependent we've let ourselves becoome on other countries by allowing the govt. To deliberately remove the people from their food. Until we gain more control over ouur foodsystem by being less removed from its source maybe grow our own(b4 its made illegal to even have our own garden ) well continue to have some people doing all the work making much less than the consumer of the product who is pissed off. And who wants those handling our food pissed at us? I don't. Time to take matters in our own hands. If u want something done right do it yourself. Imagine how the brazzilian guy feels surrounded with a product he's forbidden to consume. That is horrible. No wonder other countries resent us. Plus we don't export barely any goods. But then again who would want abused and drug filled factory farmed meat or dairy . Many other countries don't deal with the cancer diabetes issue like ours but it all goes back to my point. Take control of youur own food.

Anonymous said...

I bought the Great Value toilet paper when it first came out and it was awesome. Last month the quality hit the skids - it now is like tissue paper! Same thing with bite size corn chips - started out wonderful - now they are terrible. Leaves me to believe the "catch" is starting with good brands - getting people "hooked" then replacing the product with trash.

Anonymous said...

I agree that a lot of the "Great Value" products sold at Walmart are not labeled as to what country they are from (very frustrating) but without realizing it I bought a few cans of mandarin organs, Great Value brand. After getting home and as I was putting my groceries away, I looked on the back of one of the cans of Mandarins and it said it was from of all places, CHINA. Since I learned that they don't have any law restrictions as to how they grow their foods and learned that they use human poop I now have decided to spend a few cents more and purchase brand name products such as Dole. Why risk our health when purchasing foods from other countries where we have no idea what they use in the soil or how unclean the conditions are!

Anonymous said...

UM everything is my house is great value. I actually just had my yearly physical and check up, blood work, etc- I am healthy. I feel good....

Anonymous said...

Bah bah blind sheep. Keep eating your "Great Value" (ironic name) barely-labeled food products from Walmart. They love you and would never sell you poison from China. They value you more than they value money! You people are pathetic, and you deserve the cancer you are all going to get. Only at the end will you know you were wrong. Cheers!