Originally Posted by Claire
Some of you should bear in mind that we all don't live somewhere where we can buy any and everything! We do the best with what we can get!
Alas, that's where the internet comes in!
I have to travel 30 minutes to this tiny Vietnamese market that seems like it was built in a shantytown to find the Shark Brand I like. I usually stock up and buy two, but then again, I use that stuff and spicy banana ketchup more often than regular ketchup so it's worth it for me.
It's somewhat difficult to find other brands due to the pervasiveness of the Huy Fong. HF likes to sign exclusivity contracts with bigger markets that keeps competing brands out, and since it's based in the USA they tend to have a bigger supply line and throw around more weight. And then because it's so pervasive, it's the most popular, so stores don't tend to want to "waste" shelf space on a less popular item. It's one of those self-fulfilling type things.