Many products on the shelves of supermarkets in other countries are produced and traded all over the world, and are common to us all. Other products seem familiar but have been altered to appeal to a local population or translated into the local language. Some products for sale seem entirely strange to people from other places since they are part of local traditions that may not exist elsewhere, or because they offer unique ingredients. Browse the virtual supermarket in the following collection of slides for a sampling of some curious and interesting items.
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Join Tony the Tiger as he takes his cereal around the world. They're not only g-r-reat...they're r-r-ricas! (Honduras).
Front of Frosted Flakes box (South Korea).
Back of Frosted Flakes box (South Korea).
Front of Frosted Flakes box (Egypt).
Front of Frosted Flakes box (Mexico).
Back of Frosted Flakes box (Mexico).
Front of Frosted Flakes box (Italy).
Front of Frosted Flakes box (South Africa).
A South Korean-produced Dr. Pepper can with Hangul (Han-geul) script; unusual in the world of Dr. Pepper, which is mostly popular in the continental U.S.A., found in limited locations in Western Europe, but not commonly found elsewhere.
7-Up from Egypt.
7-Up from Egypt (reverse side of the can).
Pepsi from Jordan.
Coca-Cola with Arabic script, produced in Istanbul, Turkey.
Sprite in Arabic script, produced in Istanbul, Turkey.
Mountain Dew in Russian Cyrillic script.
A box of Russian porridge, or kasha, a staple food in the Russian diet.
Biltong is an Afrikaner (Boer/Dutch) product common in South Africa and similar to American-style jerky. Biltong may use the meat of any animal, though beef and ostrich are common. It is "very lekker" (tasty).
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The meat of impala and other wild game is sometimes sold as biltong (jerky) in South Africa.
Reindeer meat product, Norway.
Stuffed squid (in vegetable oil), Canary Islands, Spain.
Canned reindeer meat, Finland.
Canned bear meat, Norway.
Oxtail soup mix, a dish original to the United Kingdom and also found in some form in East and Southeast Asia, the American South, and South Africa.
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Haggis is a traditional Scottish dish (sometimes described as the national dish of Scotland) made from minced sheep offal (or sheep pluck--heart, liver, lungs) mixed with suet, oatmeal, onion and spices and boiled in a sheep stomach. It tastes like a spiced oatmeal sausage.
Wyoming Wine is a bottle of crude oil (see fine print next image), Wyoming, U.S.A.
Close-up of the Wyoming Wine label, Wyoming, U.S.A.
Chinggis Khan brand vodka, Mongolia (home of the famous empire builder and ruler Chenggis or Ghengis Khan).
President George Bush (USA) and Saddam Hussein (Iraq) together on a heart-shaped souvenir lighter from Iraq, with an American F-16 fighter jet on top.
Rattle Viper Sperm Incense (from Mexico) is sold as a cure-all to protect the house, business, place of work, trade, and cantina, against damage, losses, failures, envy and waste.
“Barf” brand detergent has an unpleasant sounding name in English but is a popular brand of detergent produced in Iran and sold in surrounding countries.
Joon Mud Soap, one of the many health and beauty products derived from the mud of the Dead Sea (Jordan), which is believed to have curative properties.
“Smorkars” Toothpowder (from Syria) is an Arabic translation error that is supposed to read “Smokers” Toothpowder. This product is supposed to help remove stains from the teeth that come from smoking cigarettes. The box spells it “Smorkers” and the package inside the box (see next image) further distorts the sound of the word in English.
“Samoorkaraz” Toothpowder (from Syria) is misspelled and is supposed to read “Smokers” Toothpowder. This is spelled differently than the box that it came in (see previous image).
Ginseng drink, derived from the root of this popular product of South Korea.
Nibenda brand Worm Expeller is produced in India and sold in African countries where intestinal worms may be common. These chewable tablets help to expel round worms, thread worms, pin worms, whip worms, and hookworms.
This badly translated product, sold in South Korea, is orange juice which, technically speaking, is made from squashed oranges.
The name of this drink may not sound appealing when translated to English (who wants to drink anything that will make them Woozy?) but is a common drink sold in stores and supermarkets in Iran.
A squeeze tube of caviar may not sound like the most glamorous form of this fish roe product but it is commonly sold like this in Scandinavian supermarkets (Sweden).
A squeeze tube of bacon (Norway).
A squeeze tube of shrimp (Norway).
Fish paste (a mixture of pilchards, mackerel and/or anchovies) produced and sold in South Africa.
A common brand of cigarettes sold in Russia, with the national symbol of Russia embossed on the package.
Sprite, in Hangul script (South Korea).
An old-style (1950s) bottle of Pepsi-Cola (U.S.A.).
Inca Kola, a local brand of soft drink sold in Peru and named after the historic Inca people and empire that once dominated the region. Curiously, Inca Cola is not even a cola but more like a crème soda.
Milca, a local brand of soft drink from Nicaragua that looks and tastes like a red crème soda.
Mountain Dew, in Arabic script (Egypt).
Pepsi Cola, in Hebrew script (Israel).
Pepsi Cola, in Hangul script (South Korea).
Pepsi Cola, in Arabic script (Jordan).
Fanta, in Arabic (Jordan).
Colombiana, a local soft drink brand from Colombia that is similar to crème soda.
Zam Zam Cola, a product of Iran that is sold in the Middle East region as an alternative to Western cola brands like Coke and Pepsi (it was first produced after a boycott of Coca-Cola by a few Arab countries in the region). The name “Zam Zam” is derived from the Well of Zamzam in Mecca, associated with Abraham, a source of water from God and a holy site in Islam.
Coca-Cola, in Amharic script (Ethiopia).
Orange Crush, in Arabic (Syria).
Seven-Up, in Arabic (Yemen).
RC Cola, in Arabic (Syria).
Pepsi Cola, in Arabic (Morocco).
Coca-Cola, in Hangul script (South Korea).
Coca-Cola, in Bengali script (Bangladesh).
Coca-Cola, in Devanagari script (Nepal).
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Coca-Cola, in Georgian script (Republic of Georgia).
Coca-Cola, in Chinese (China).
Coca-Cola, in Croatian (Croatia).
Coke bottle from Russia.
Coke, in Thai script (Thailand).
Coca-Cola, in Arabic (Tunisia).
Coke bottle from Belize.
Coca-Cola in Armenian script (Armenia).
Coca-Cola, in Hangul script (South Korea).
Coca-Cola in Hebrew (Israel).
Al Kola (in English script). Al Kola—literally “The Cola”—is a local brand of cola produced in Syria in the 1990s at a time when neither Coca Cola nor Pepsi Cola were available in the country. The bottle was designed to look like a Coca-Cola bottle.
Al Kola (in Arabic script). Al Kola—literally “The Cola”—is a local brand of cola produced in Syria in the 1990s at a time when neither Coca Cola nor Pepsi Cola were available in the country. The bottle was designed to look like a Coca-Cola bottle.
Cola Turka (Turkey). (photo by Marvin Sebourn)
American Cola, a unique brand found in Cameroon.
Ale-8-1 (A Late One) soda, bottled in Winchester, Kentucky (U.S.A.) since 1926. In addition to national and international brands of soft drinks, there are many lesser-known carbonated beverages with limited, regional distribution. For more than 75 years, Ale-8-1 was found only in parts of Kentucky but was expanded in 2002 to several counties in Indiana and Ohio. The product is available outside this region only to those who call or order via their website.