Long ago people got the food they needed from small local farms or specialty stores: bread from the baker, meat from the butcher, milk from the dairy, produce from the farmer, etc. Small ‘general stores’ supplied additional, non-local items. The range of products available was extremely limited.
Today we have modern supermarkets with an enormous variety of food, satisfying all kinds of tastes along with the convenience of a mini drug store and thousands of other products for your home. The supermarket, of course, does not make what they sell – not even products with their own brand; they are ‘distributors’ of products made by manufacturers and wholesale distributors from all over the country and the world. As a result, the variety and selection available, the convenience and the time and money saved by the customer is unprecedented in history.