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Packaging to show logos of brand owner

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Packaging of consumer goods - particularly food - is often deceptive and designed to make the consumer believe it is a locally-produced high-quality products when in reality it is produced cheaply by a massive international conglomerate. This can be done deliberately, as when Tesco's (see link) adds the names of fake farms to products, or by a big company buying up a smaller, more ethical producer.

This idea mandates that the logo of the ultimate brand-owner would have to be displayed on the product at the same size as other brand logos. So, Ben & Jerry's ice-cream would now have to have a big Unilever logo, to show that they're no longer an artisan Vermont producer, all Boot's products would have to show a Walgreens logo, all Cadbury chocolate would have to show a Kraft logo, etc.
hippo, May 31 2018

Tesco's fake farms https://www.telegra...-the-british-count/
[hippo, May 31 2018]

http://www.cityam.c...sh-firms-many-cases [hippo, May 31 2018]

https://en.wikipedi...etail_outlet_brands [hippo, May 31 2018]

Deutsche Reichsbahn https://en.wikipedi...bahn_(1937_to_1945)
Don't mention the War ... [8th of 7, May 31 2018]

Halfbakery: logoed politicians logoed_20politicians
This idea would go well with that one. [jutta, Jun 01 2018]

Chickens washed using toilet cleaner https://www.indepen...he-eu-a7875131.html
No need to worry about scrubbing your toilet - just use an American Chicken on the end of a stick [xenzag, Jun 02 2018]

Alexander Lodygin https://en.wikipedi...i/Alexander_Lodygin
Enlightening [8th of 7, Jun 02 2018]



       I suppose there would be some legal kerfuffle while people argued over whether Walgreen was in turn owned by Sun-Chin or was merely part of a partnership, yada yada, but basically I would like this.   

       I think most people would be quite horrified to discover that their weekly food shop came from three different petrochemipharmatechagri companies.
MaxwellBuchanan, May 31 2018

       Interestingly, under this proposal, a large chunk of the UK rail network would be badged "Deutche Bahn" (see link) which might give people a false impression of service levels and punctuality
hippo, May 31 2018

       What logo would the US military wear?   

       If I am what I eat, would I have to wear these logos, too?
RayfordSteele, May 31 2018

       Under this proposal, most of the brands sold by Sports Direct (e.g. Karrimor, Slazenger, etc.) would just be labelled Sports Direct - as would Agent Provocateur lingerie, of course... (see link)
hippo, May 31 2018

       // badged "Deutche Bahn" (see link) which might give people a false impression of service levels and punctuality //   

       Sp. "Deutsche Bahn".   

       Now, if it was Deutsche Reichsbahn <link>, you'd have a very clear idea of what to expect in the way of "service levels and punctuality" ...   

       // What logo would the US military wear? //   

       Monsanto ?
8th of 7, May 31 2018

wjt, Jun 02 2018

       What's the difference between Japanese and British libraries?   

       In Japan the railway timetable is in non-fiction.   

       It's the way I type 'em..
not_morrison_rm, Jun 02 2018

       The mere addition of an American flag on such products would be enough to deter anyone who doesn't want to eat chickens washed in toilet cleaner etc.
xenzag, Jun 02 2018

       From time to time we swim in “toilet cleaner.”   

       I’d imagine you do, too.
RayfordSteele, Jun 02 2018

       You may imagine what you please, but your logic is flawed. I go into sea water, which is full of pollutants but I wouldn't want my food washed in it. If you decide to eat chickens washed with Domestos toilet cleaner, that's your choice, but it should be clear on the label, so that others can join you or be appropriately deterred. Putting an American flag on all company products like Kraft would fully inform people. The current labeling is a deception.
xenzag, Jun 02 2018

       Tabloid headline: "CHLORINE ATE MY CHICKEN!!!"
pertinax, Jun 02 2018

       // From time to time we swim in “toilet cleaner.” //   

       Is it actually swimming, or are you just going through the motions ... ?
8th of 7, Jun 02 2018

       Ha - or are the motions going through you?
xenzag, Jun 02 2018

       Its almost swimming as the kids are taking lessons every Saturday.   

       Should we put an American flag on your computer, too? Maybe one on the wires that run A/C current to your house? Or the tires on your car? The lightbulbs in your house? Your phone? Zippers? Stop-lights? Microwave oven? Laser? LED? The internet itself?   

       I'm sure that if I tried really hard, I could think of *something* invented by France in the past 50 years or so, I simply must not be trying hard enough...   

       Do you have another character that you play, or are you type-casted forever into this role of generic America-hatred?
RayfordSteele, Jun 02 2018

       If the products are so great then why not label them with a simple flag to help identity them? Incidentally, most of what you have listed wasn't invented in the USA and is also not made there. The pneumatic tyre, for example, was invented in my home town. I know almost nothing about France, except they have a brilliant train network and Paris is a superb city. Incidentally, my Apple Mac was invented by a Syrian, built in China and assembled in Ireland. As far as I'm concerned, America is a toxic brand, especially while under control of the Trump, but others should be totally free to think the exact opposite and choose accordingly. What's wrong with that?
xenzag, Jun 02 2018

       Well, zippers were invented in America.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 02 2018

       Vulcanization was invented here. A/C power was invented here. The internet? Here. Electric lights? Here. Jobs and Woz were born here. Stop lights? Here. Microwave ovens were invented here, as were LEDs and lasers.   

       Trump is toxic, but he is one person.
RayfordSteele, Jun 02 2018

       // A/C power was invented here. //   

       ... by a Serbian, one Nikolai Tesla.   

       // Electric lights? Here. //   

       Ahem. Mr. Edison was eventually forced to buy out Donald Swan's patents, and in fact there is abundant evidence for an earlier Russian incandescent lamp. <link> However, in terms of a commercially successful mass-market product, yes.   

       // Jobs and Woz were born here. //   

       Ah, so you admit it. Are you going to apologize now ?   

       // Stop lights? Here. //   

       All you need to do now is teach New York drivers what they mean.   

       // Microwave ovens were invented here //   

       ... using a British invention, the Cavity Magnetron.   

       // Trump is toxic, but he is one person. // ... who has achieved more in eight months (actually less) of dealing with Kim Ping Pong than Obama achieved in eight years.   

       The Don understands that "nice guys finish last".
8th of 7, Jun 02 2018

       <considers pointing out the first traffic light was introduced in London in 1868, or that nobody much used the internet until an Englishman called Timothy invented the WWW, or that the first LEDs were created by an Englishman and a Russian. Decides not to.>
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 02 2018

       Gravity, upon which everything depends that falls, was invented in England by the greatest of the great Sir Isaac The Newtron. America, let's not forget, invented everything else in the entire universe, except for gravity, the internet, traffic lights, and tyres. Knitting I believe came from Mars. Psycho knitters, using abandoned barrels of human flesh stamped 'Property of Monsanto', generated Trump, and animated him with a sardine can key.
xenzag, Jun 02 2018

       Yes, but conversely, the Saturn V, which falls upward in a quite breathtaking manner, was invented by Americans.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 02 2018

       ... mutter, mutter ... von Braun ... Operation Paperclip ... slightly bigger V-2 ... mutter ... gotta get some better Nazis ...   

       // animated him with a sardine can key. //   

       <Uncontrolled laughter/>   

       What utter, utter bollocks.   

       It was a corned beef can key, you fool ...
8th of 7, Jun 02 2018

       Ah, yes, but von Braun was an American - I'm pretty sure they saw to that after they'd arranged his transfer fee from Germany.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 02 2018

       What about a sort of reverse Schindler's List in "Carry On" style, where Americans* and bungling Brits engage in a jolly 1940's romp to rescue Nazi scientists from the approaching Soviet forces ? Perhaps Quentin "Inglorious Barsterds" Tarantino could direct ...   

       *All Americans are by their very nature "bungling". Not all Brits are, hence the subsequent adjective.   

       // Corned beef is mostly Argentinian. //   

       We had been informed that it was made from cows. Another food labelling scandal is poised to erupt ...
8th of 7, Jun 02 2018

       //traffic lamp//   

       Yes, good job with that explosion.   

       Tesla was a Serbian-American.   

       Obama achieved more with the DPRK than any Englishman has since the dawn of time.   

       We won’t point out that it was a Welsh physicist that kicked off the serious magnetron work.   

       And we’d be glad to ship Trump over to you.   

       I know nothing of this 'Monsanto' organization. I've heard of Bayer, though...
RayfordSteele, Jun 02 2018


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