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American Ethnic Foods Section

If you were an American living on the other side of the pond, these are the foods you might start to miss. Redditor AxleTheDog posted a picture of the American section in the ethnic food aisle at the Tesco store in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England. I see an overabundance of peanut butter and chocolate. There are two flavors of Goober, marshmallow creme, Pop Tarts, mac and cheese, and of course plenty opt candy. Canned pumpkin? A commenter explained that they do have pumpkin pie in Europe, but to make it you have to cook a pumpkin yourself, so the canned version makes things easier -the American way. See the full-side picture at imgur

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Why is Californian wine - or any other wine for that matter - expensive in the UK? It's not Tesco's fault! The UK has the highest duty (tax) on wine in Europe. Then there is VAT (another tax) on the duty. That's right - a tax on a tax! Today in the UK, 53% of a £5 bottle of wine is tax. It's not cheap to shift it across the Atlantic either.

In the UK, if you spend £5 on a bottle retail, the cost of the wine from source is under £1. Spend £10 and the cost price of the wine goes up fourfold, assuming similar shipping costs and % margin. Not that £10 for a four quid wine is a particularly good deal either, in my opinion.
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A friend of mine who's been living in France for the past couple years says she has a heckuva time finding peanut butter there. Apparently, the French think it smells awful and tastes worse. Her mom's good about sending her care packages from Louisiana, though.
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