I still say that personal preference and the way your individual taste buds react to food is the only requirement. I am just as happy eating a potted meat sandwich as I am eating a great liver pate'. One is very pricey and eaten by the "in" crowd, while the former is eaten by those who can hardly afford a free glass of water. Makes no difference to me. I like the flavor and texture of both, and so will continue to eat both.
I prefer Kikoman for the same reason I prefer Tobasco Sauce. It tastes good to me.
And CharlieD, I can relate to your plight. In Upper Peninsula Michigan, especially Eastern Upper Peninsula Michigan, it can be difficult finding so many different foods and flavorings, and when you do find the odd gem, it's going to be pricey.
I do have to ask you though, do you prefer the Helman's Mayo clinic, or the Miracle Whip clinic. Personally, I prefer the Helmans Mayo clinic of most sandwiches, but the Miracle Whip clinic for BLT's.
Oh, and one other thing, I still think my pancakes are better than yours.
Seeeeeeeya; Goodweed of the North