HP Beans - Killed by Heinz?

fortean

Active Member
No HP Beans at Tesco last Saturday so I filled in one of those question forms they have near the checkout asking where the HP Beans were.

I received a letter this morning from Tesco saying that they are no longer being supplied with HP Beans.

Looks like Heinz is killing the competition.

Does anyone know if HP Beans are available form any other stores?
 

Razor

Distinguished Member
Try PC World for HP gear. :D
 

Mr.D

Distinguished Member
Prefer Heinz myself. Don't think I could eat another brand or (heaven forbid) the supermarket 5p cans ( had a mate who effectively lived off these as a student...yuk).
 

Nick_UK

Banned
fortean said:
Looks like Heinz is killing the competition.

Does anyone know if HP Beans are available form any other stores?

Are Heinz killing the competition, or Tesco ?
 

fortean

Active Member
Nick_UK said:
Are Heinz killing the competition, or Tesco ?
Don't know yet, that's why I asked the question. The local Sainsbury doesn't have them either.
Perhaps with a logo like "Beanz Meanz Heinz" they find owning HP Beans a bit hard to swallow.
 

HMHB

Distinguished Member
I always buy HP beans. You can get them from either Asda or Morrisons. I drink Blend37 coffee and have to go to Morrisons for it as my local Asda won't stock it. The supermarkets annoy me by trying to dictate what we can and can't buy.
 

Steven

Senior Moderator
Meh, Sainsbury's never have anything in my experience

Its just beans

Principle aside, its not like its a serious matter, is it?

Please keep any rant to a bare minimum
 

Steve N

Distinguished Member
LFC_SL said:
Its just beans
You're quite right.
In fact most the vast majority of own brands and a good number of the branded labels are all made by the same company - Premier Foods.
(they don't make heinz)

In the summer one of the many cooking programmes decided to get their panel of experts to do a tasting on beans.
They had about 8 "different" supermarket own brands and some branded labels.
All but 2 were identical Premier products but labeled for the various supermarkets. Yet there they were, pontificating about how Sainsburies were slightly better than Tescos but not as good as Morrisons Blah, Blah, Blah
(before I get sued, I can't remember the exact brands in question now)

It should be noted that some very cheap brands do use a cheaper, harder bean and cheap, watery sauce.
But I challenge anyone to be able to identify any main stream brands in a blind tasting.
 

The Dude

Distinguished Member
I think you're maybe getting confused betwen somebody who prefers one brand or another, and a baked bean connoisseur..... :D

I could certainly tell Heinz from HP though, not too difficult at all.
 

Paul D

Well-known Member
This thread may seem silly.......but :rolleyes:

I have just one food "brand" preference, and this happens to be for HP beans! :oops:
I used to have a lot of beans on toast or bean based meals etc, and went right off beans for a long while.
I didn't think there was much difference between brands.
We always tended to buy Heinz, or the super markets own brand etc.

However, it was HP beans that got me eating them again.
My grandad had cooked a full english breakfast, and didn't know i wasn't eating beans.
Since they were already on my plate, i gave them a try.
I was very surprised at how well they tasted, and told him so.
He commented that he only bought HP beans.
I just assumed my grandads breakfast, was a one off maybe due to not having beans for a while.

I told my wife beans might be back on the menu, and left it at that.

A few days later, she cooked some beans on toast.
Yuck!!! i found them bland and mushy.
I asked her what brand they were, and she replied "Heinz...not cheap ones"

It started me thinking maybe there was a difference!

Well the end results is that beans have been back on the menu for many years now, and they are "HP"!
 

Steven

Senior Moderator
Didn't think you'd be so picky Homer
 

fortean

Active Member
I'm no longer worried; HP Beans are still being manufactured :thumbsup:
Phoned Heinz who put me on to HP because Heinz havn't yet taken control of HP. HP gave me the phone number of Crosse and Blackwell who manufacture the beans. C & B said that they are bringing out a new brand, "Branston Beans", so some stores may be readjusting to this.
HP Beans are available from Asda, Morrisons and Somerfield. They may also be available from small retailers in your area.
 

HMHB

Distinguished Member
Excellent news, I can't stand Heinz beans and HP are the best tasting ones for my tastes :thumbsup:
 

Steven

Senior Moderator
Are you sure you lot have yor priorities straight?

With baked beans, I can't tell the difference between brands. Soup however...
 

HMHB

Distinguished Member
You obviously don't have a sophisticated palate like me then ;)
 

Steven

Senior Moderator
^ Nonsense

rather than beans, I much prefer cheese on toast with lea and perrins ;)
 

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