Are big brands really sending crap to Croatia?

Written by
Beth Ryan

Coca-Cola, watch out - the Croatians are on to you. Many believe that big brands, such as Coca-Cola, have long been sending inferior products to Eastern European countries, compared with those destined for Western Europe. Now, that theory is being put to the test. 

Earlier this week, reports, Croatia's European Parliament Member Biljana Borzan teamed up with Director of the Croatian Food Agency Andrea Gross-Bošković to present a survey. The results suggested that a staggering 82.6% of Croatians think that products destined for their shops don't match up to those found in German, French, or British supermarket aisles.

To clear things up once and for all, a selection of products will be tested against identical counterparts found in German supermarkets, 

Sweets brands leaving a sour taste in the mouth include Milka chocolate, Nutella and Coca-Cola. Ariel detergent, Gillette razors and Colgate toothpaste are also raising suspicions. But for the complainants, it's not just a matter of quality: according to Borzan, over 70% of participants believed that large corporations see Croatians as second-class citizens. 

So, are big brands really sending crap to Croatia? Or is it all a conspiracy theory? 

Here's the full list of brands set to go under the microscope:

Jacobs Cronat Gold coffee, Pepsi Cola, Coca Cola, Bravo orange juice, Nestea ice tea, Heineken beer, Red Bull

Milka cholocate with hazelnuts, Nutella spread, Haribo sweets

Philadelphia spread, Activia fruit yoghurt, Monte milk dessert

Rio Mare tuna in olive oil, Iglo fish fingers

Monino olive oil, Raman spread

Barilla spagetti


Wudy frankfurters

Hipp – turkey with rice and carrots

Nesquick chocolate

Ariel detergent, Silan softner

Nivea shower gel, Colgate toothpaste

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