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Gallery of Discontinued British Food and Drink

Who doesn’t love a gallery! Who doesn’t love some nostalgia!

I see a lot of slide-shows on various social and blog-like platforms that seem to contain the same 10 items that people are fond of seeing again – but what about all the other things that people have forgotten (sometimes for good reason!).

Well in this dynamic post, we’ll see a sea of memories in foil-lined packets, glass bottles and tin foil trays.

As always, if you remember something, leave a comment!!


  • This page won’t cover every single discontinued item, but hopefully will include some you might have forgotten about.
  • Images will come from supermarket websites, scans of printed media or still screenshots from adverts. As always, the copyright of these images stays with the original rights holder.
  • Dates given are the date when that image is from, not the date that the item was discontinued.
  • This page will primarily contain discontinued items in the UK; some of these products may still exist in other regions, or were later re-released under a different name.
  • A product may appear in multiple iterations if the packaging changes.

Birds Eye

Menu Master

Coca-Cola Company




Express Diary





Gallery of Ephemera [Updated Oct. 2023]

I really enjoy ephemera, which for the uninitiated is a term used to describe a wide variety of things (usually print based) that one would discard without too much worry or thought. Although some could argue that even some more semi-permenant products like newspapers and magazines aren’t really ephemera, some people feel that because they’re discarded so freely once they have surved their purpose that they are just as ephemeral as say a coupon, a ticket, a flyer, a receipt etc.

I won’t be covering magazines or newspapers here; nor any form of booklets (visitor guides, programmes etc.) – no instead we’re going to go as true as possible, with genuine things that I come across that are probably very much junk that somehow survived until now.

These items can be an interesting look back at how things were, and give useful insights to the history of companies and processes.

This post is dynamic that means that I will update this post whenever I encounter something else ephemeral that I feel deserves to be here.

There are also seperate posts for some more focused collections:

  • This post covers a wide variety of “Sale” stickers, price tag’s that sort of thing that are adhered to products which are for sale!

Barclays International Pensioners’ Club Buffet Luncheon Invitiation – 1997

How’s this for some real ephemera, found inside a video cassette case, this small piece of paper is an invite for members of Barclays International Pensioners’ Club to visit a buffet luncheon at The Victory Services Club, 63/79 Seymour Street, Marble Arch, London W2.

Blue Cross Pet Tips Flyer – 1990

This was included inside the keepcase of Legend’s release of Best Friends – which is a series of animated shorts intended for a children audience that explains the tasks involved with caring for a mixture of domestic pets (a neat idea if I don’t say so myself!).

This flyer explains a few additional tips for caring for a few pets (a cat, a dog, tortoise/terrapin) and includes a cut off to join the Pawprint club which is a way to support Blue Cross.

The Blue Cross still exist today, raising funds for animal wellfare in Britain, although Pawprint seemed to stop sometime around 2016 according to this page, and has since been replaced with an online (free) publication called For Pets.

Halo 3 x Xbox Live x Virgin Media Promotion (2007)

A double-sided card flyer which promotes Xbox Live connectivity for Halo 3 using Virgin Media broadband.

Pizza Hut Delivery Memo

Again found inside a video cassette case (do you wonder what I might enjoy collecting!) was this Pizza Hut Delivery memo slip that had been written on with information about the tapes contents (which has been digitally removed). It’s from the Pizza Hut Delivery franchise that is still operating at 25 Electric Parade, George Lane, South Woodford.

Trafford Catalogue Subscription Card – 1980

This is a two-sided subscription card for the “new” Trafford catalogue, which includes three free gifts including “elegant” scales, Metricook triple dial heat and weight converter and a spoon and spatula set.

I’m yet to find one of these retro catalogues, maybe one day I will find out if they were ever worth the free gifts!

True Cigarette’s Promotion – 1973

This two-sided promotional flyer was found jammed inside a copy of Boat Builder – Summer 1973, which is an American magazine.

Can’t say much about this but I like the design, you can see how alluring they made cigarette packaging in the past. Wouldn’t get away with anything like this today!

Waitrose Petrol Station Receipt – 3rd May 2003

This was shoved inside a video cassette case and was used as a scrap of paper (the note has been digitially removed, along with part of the card number).

This receipt comes from the Southend on Sea Waitrose supermarket and was for a transaction of 18.51 litres of Unleaded Petrol on the 3rd May 2003 at 10:26 AM. As of 2023 there is still a petrol station at this Waitrose location, but it is operated mainly by Shell (although the shop front is still a Waitrose).

A Look at Products Advertised in Woman, 2nd August 1986 [Part 1]

The start of hopefully many posts about the various items (often just tat) advertised in various magazine publications over the years.

Introduction Ramble

Magazines often provide a great insight into the trends, opinions and general market preferences of various audiences at the time; and often for dates that preceed the flurry of information that exists today, ony exist within the paper walls of print publications.

Although magazines still exist today, they are forever becomming a rarer sight in supermarkets and even rarer sight to be found in the hands of readers. However one notion that seems to be forever incorrect (at least of the magazines I have looked at recently dating from post-war publications to those from the heady days of the 90s, through to more recent publications of the 2010’s) is the fact that people believe that magazines these days are full of adverts. This is simply not true, as it would appear nearly every magazine was full of adverts.

Anyone who knows me, knows that looking at these adverts is one of the things I gleam the most value from these publications; pretty much for the reasons given above, to see and understand the target audience’s buying habits and general desires.

So in this post, we will be looking at the various products advertised in “Woman”, a generic lifestyle magazine aimed at well women with the intention of covering the topics you’d expect; fashion, cooking, knitting and childcare. This publication comes to us from the 2nd of August 1986, not a time when I was alive of course – but still interesting regardless.

Enough of the ramble, let’s dig in!

Heinz Salad Cream

Sir, I request you stop slapping the salad cream with your celery baton immediately, it is scaring the other salad items.

Immediately we are greeted with a full-page colour advert for Heinz Salad Cream. This advert is rather abstract considering the only text present is Given the choice, wouldn’t you go straight for Heinz? straight in the middle, with two photographs of seemingly the same dish top-and-bottom.

Stranger than the lack of any real promotional text, price or actual logos; the composition of the photographs is simply bizarre. I can only guess the objective here is that the various salad items on the plate are drawn to the salad cream being advertised, because it is Heinz. Or maybe you could look at it in reverse and that the un-pictured eater here has slapped their celery stick so hard that it has sent shockwaves sending the salad medley straight off the porcelain!

Birds Eye “Menu Master” series

Past the contents page and the reader encounters a double-spread advert; this time for a series of vegetarian ready meals from processed-food giant Birds Eye. The advert lists the flavours:

  • Vegetable Curry with Pilau Rice
  • Vegetable Lasange
  • Cauliflower Cheese
  • Mushroom and Pasta Italienne

The double-spread delights us with the packaging for all four flavours, and displays the first option being dished up.

Four very orange looking ready meals for your eating requirements!

Considering how miserable many ready-meals could, and still can, be Birds Eye have done well to make these meatless varieties look rather appetising.

This is the first time I’ve heard of Menu Master meals, so if you ever experienced them what are your memories, were they a good quick meal or sodium drenched slop.

“Portable” Sun Bed

Ah, the first questionable advert of the magazine; mail-order only offer of course!

The use of sun-beds is still generally a thing, you’ll certainly find a tanning salon in many British towns, although many of them have expanded to providing you the full rotisserie chicken experience to also providing nail care, simple botox, massages, things to do with your eyebrows and in some cases coffee and cake.

However it certainly seems the idea of slowly roasting your body in an enclosed space is starting to fall out of fashion, with individuals desiring to go for a full body spray-tan. But this is 1986, and gadgets are the in-thing, and why can’t you just do it yourself, what could possibly go wrong?

Top or bottom madam? Unless you’re very short you’re going be doing a small bit at a time.

This single page advert is covered in text, turning into a short novel by the distributor (a Best Buys possibly related to magazine publisher IPC), but features a bikini adorned golden woman demonostrating just how easy these Portable Solarium’s are (let’s be honest, it likely weighed a good amount – a good 7kg, was a fiddle to get into the right position and possibly hummed like a gaggle of office flourescent lights). The price is given as a bargain £75 (which is £213 in at time of publication with inflation), although you could upgrade to the even less portable Foldaway Solarium (which is shown with the model sitting below in what can be only described as a rather uncomfortable position) for a mere £159.95 (~£455).

Looks severely uncomfortable to position oneself to use this device “effectively”

I guess the hilarious thing posed with this product, is the fact that the smaller unit (and main focus of the advert) can only tan a single part of your body at one time; which I can only imagine would make for a lot of effort when aiming for an even shade of brown.

Of course, there are no real health warnings presented here at all; aside from the general “If you’re unsure, contact your doctor” who would likely tell you that slowly cooking yourself inside your home is probably worse for you than if you slowly cooked yourself outside your home. Many of the public these days are rightfully concerned with skin cancer, and I’d say the awareness around it is only ever increasing. As many who have experienced it first hand, or via family or friends – skin cancer is a painful condition to go through, and many would rather avoid encountering it wherever possible. I can’t say I have read many womens health & beauty magazines recently, but I’d find it surprising to see anything like this product being advertised now.

As for are any of these on ebay? It would appear no, certainly not in the rather crude Practical Electronics design found in this advert. As one would imagine, UV tanning devices are still available for purchase including these questionable portable units.

Sun Valley Turkey Burgers

Beyond two pages of people’s general opinions sent into the magazine for publishing (it’s like an early version of Twitter, or do I now mean X?) we are at another single page advertisment for Sun Valley’s Turkey Burgers.

The advertisment states that these are a great alternative to beef patties, which I am sure they are. Although you cannot buy them from Sun Valley anymore (Sun Valley not being a current brand anymore, at least not in this capacity as Sun Valley appears to be producing nut-based snack options) turkey burgers are still a thing. Albeit not in a cheesey breaded capacity as shown here; but likely a more health-friendly fresh version.

You had me at “with cheese”

Although unfounded, it is likely that following the assault on childrens fast food items launched by one Jamie Oliver with a laser-point focus on processed turkey products is the reason why something like a breaded cheesy turkey patty no longer exists as a viable option.

The advert ends with a price, 76p for two patties which is £4 in 2023 money – which is actually more than a comparable breaded chicken burger from Birds Eye which seems to be around the £2.80 mark.

Does anyone remember eating these, were they your favourite as a child?

If you’re interested in reading the magazine in question in full, it is available here on

Archive Work – L.A. Blaster Soundtrack

L.A. Blaster is a mostly forgotten FMV racing game (remember those, think the first Need For Speed game – The Need For Speed) for Windows PC’s. Released in 1996 by Cryo Interactive Entertainment and published by Dice Entertainment (not that Dice, but a smaller company originally based in Hoorn, the Netherlands).

As with all of these types of posts, the soundtrack can be found below as posted to

For those sticking with us, I will now explain a little more on how I came to extract these audio files from the game files.

L.A. Blaster stores its audio files under the \DATA\Sound directory on the CD-ROM. Inside are 44 files. The audio streams themeselves are all marked as being .DAT files (which to any computer nerd means data file, effectively a useless, generic file extension). Each audio stream has a corresponding .DA0 file, with the same file name. This results in there being 22 unique audio files.

So I began my investigations. I uploaded one of the files to VirusTotal to see if it could work its magic to reveal if what kind of audio format I might be working with, but unforunately no luck – the system simply thought of it as just a generic data file. OK, so next option would be to use a hex editor/viewer application – something which I have found to be quite useful in the past as it can reveal information that might be stored in the file header. Loading one of the files in question into HxD revealed the strings RIFFbg and WAVEfmt in the first part of the file, so we are looking at WAVE files – a sigh of relief on my part, but not out of the woods yet.

Knowing the audio files are WAVE files I loaded up Audacity to use its RAW Data import mode. This mode is extremely useful for loading in data streams that have incomplete or missing headers (where useful things such as bit rate, bit depth and more are listed). Now began the guessing game. Understanding the game came from 1996 and the raw data files were only a few megabytes in size I knew that we would be probably dealing with reasonably low-quality audio streams, thus a low bitrate. However they could quite possibly be stereo, as in 1996 the height of MPC (Multimedia PC’s) I would guess that most systems were fitted with a set of Stereo speakers. So with these educated guesses, I set the import settings as follows:

  • Encoding – Signed 16-Bit PCM
  • Byte Order – Little Endian
  • Channels – 2 (Stereo)
  • Start Offset – 0 bytes
  • Amount to import – 100%
  • Sample Rate – 11025 Hz

By my complete surprise I hit it correct on my first go, the audio streams played back perfectly. OK at 11025Hz the quality is far from high, but the audio streams play at the right speed, pitch and tempo.

So what kind of music does L.A. Blaster give us. There are 6 “music” tracks which are typical butt-rock (a silly term for instrumental rock music that isn’t overly interesting to listen to. There are sound effect files for the cars in the game (Honda/Acrua NSX, Lamborghini Diablo, Toyota Supra, Dodge Viper, Chevrolet Corvette). The background music from the Car Choice screen (CARCHOIC.DAT). A sound effect file for the volume slider in the game (FXVOL.DAT). Two streams for the hall of fame (HALLFAME.DAT) and hall of fame view (HALLVIEW.DAT) screens. Intro sequence audio (INTRO.DAT) and loading screen audio (LOADING.DAT). Weapon select (WEAPON.DAT) and transfer screens (TRANSFER.DAT).

All of the tracks are setup to be looped infinitely, however it is important to remove the “clicks” at the start and end of each track – this is a common artifact of using the raw import tool, where it is reading data outside of the audio stream.

As for the .DA0 files – they are empty files, they have nothing. Opening them in HxD reveals them to contain absolutely no information, so I have disregarded. Their purpose? Unknown.

As for the FMV files, they appear to be encoded with Cryo’s proprietary UBB codec, an improvement to HNM4 – another Cryo technology.

If you enjoyed this article, you may enjoy my previous post about Theme Aquarium.