Here is something I want all those who have a food budget to try. Pick an item at the supermarket or any other shop that isn’t popular that you actually wouldn’t mind eating long term. The unpopular ones have very few of them available. Keep buying it on a weekly or bi-weekly basis… and see what happens.
I started to realize how effective the purchasing power of one can have on market forces when I had to cook for myself in college apartments. The supermarket only had 4 loaves of this particular bread that I thought wasn’t too cheap(the really cheap ones has a lot of air bubbles) and not too expensive but healthy. I bought it every other week… I noticed they didn’t bother to restock that one. It dwindled down to the last loaf… I bought it. When I came back… they restocked and expanded the shelf space for it to 6 loaves. A simple choice I made, changed the purchasing decisions of that supermarket.
I do this all the time. My parents would buy Asian food products at Asian markets because they are cheaper and have a wider selection. But the places I lived didn’t have them. So I would buy what I wanted(rice, soy sauce, tofu, shrimp chips and pocky) at the more expensive Non-Asian markets. Gradually the Asian foods section of the supermarket widened and they added more items. Oh look there be Asians in the area!!! :P It was just me willing to spend the extra money to send them a message.