The recent reference to Boar's Head Deli meats in the thread below on New England Jewish Delis, an oxymoron if ever there was one, raised an issue that has long piqued my curiosity. How has such an inferior supplier come to dominate the deli business? The point was driven home a few days ago as I was walking down mid-town Manhattan, 7th avenue, crossing 52nd street, when I spied not one but two Boar's Head delivery trucks playing their wares catty corner.
My local Stop & Shop in Massachusetts used to stock their own deli store brand, including a very tasty turkey roll withhad skin and a bit of fat. When you ate it, you could almost imagine that at one time it was a bird and not plastic. The Boar's Head monopoly took over and the turkey disappeared. High-priced plastic is all they sell. The stuff is about 2 to 3 dollars more expensive than the old brand and tastes ten times worse.
John Dewar's Butchery in Newton did stock one Board's Head product that was edible, a sharp Canadian cheddar, but his was the only store in which I have ever seen it. The butcher -- does any one know his name? -- agreed with me that all of their products are lousy, with this one exception. He said that they are in fact a Canadian company and therefore managed to get this decent Canadian cheese. Otherwise, forget it.
Could some wise guys be involved in spreading the tentacles of this purveyor?