WH Smith Munch – A brand with fake values is a brand that is destined to fail

I was at east Midlands Airport recently and they have something of a captive market for their meal deals with both Superdrug and WH smith offering meal deals for £3.99. On the surface this looks like great value.

WH Smith is a brand that started 224 years ago in 1792 in London and has 1,351 outlets with 615 on the high street and 736 travel outlets in airports and stations. It turned over nearly £1.2 BILLION in 2015 and employs 14,500 people.

So with all of these years of experience, heritage and the sheer number of interested parties, you’d think they would understand the concept of authentic brand values. Built on this history and surviving the worst of the high street recessions they really ought to know better.

But they don’t. They have an own brand product in store called ‘Munch’ which is entirely fake.

WH Smith Munch Sandwich a brand with totally fake values
WH Smith Munch Sandwich a brand with totally fake values

Munch, which is a range of sandwiches and wraps, tells you you can ‘Grab a bite of the good stuff’. A pretty compelling proposition for food on the go. They back this up with a brand support statement that says ‘Gloriously delicious food-to-go. So irresistible everyone wants to get their paws on it! Satisfies even the wildest of appetites…’

WH Smith Munch Sandwiches with a brand statement that is totally fabricated
WH Smith Munch Sandwiches with a brand statement that is totally fabricated

But the sandwich was disgusting. I didn’t want more, I never want to eat it again, I never want to eat anything for sale in WH Smith. I didn’t even want to finish the sandwich. Eating it, made me feel ill and dirty. Eggshell in the egg mayo didn’t help and even the bread was stale and unnatural. So I had to have look at the ingredients.

This was a total shock. I was genuinely horrified with what it contained and it bore no relation to the brand values all over the packaging whatsoever.

WH Smith Munch Sandwich - The ingredients 100% horrible with an added of 18% of total shit
WH Smith Munch Sandwich – The ingredients 100% horrible with an added of 18% of total shit

Even trying to ignore the fact that claimed ingredients added up to 118% (It must be all the shit they have piled in to make it taste less natural and healthy) the list was not all all irresistible. In fact it was entirely resistible.

I won’t be eating ‘Munch’ again. I’d suspect that if this is how WH Smith run their business, they are in trouble. I’ve talked about Tesco in the past and the start of their problems being with the quality of their products, which all came true. Any brand that says one things and delivers another like Abercrombie and Fitch will be found out soon enough. WH Smith are that brand.

I’m no whistle blower, but if I had any money invested in WH Smith, I’d get it out fast. This is a brand heading for the gutter.

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9 thoughts on “WH Smith Munch – A brand with fake values is a brand that is destined to fail

  1. 23% of the sandwich is egg mayo. 18% of the sandwich is egg, which is contained in the egg mayo. I thought all branding was fake anyway.

  2. Just purchased a munch sandwich from WHSmiths at Trelisk hospital and it is an absolute disgrace. £2 for a rubber cheese slice on 2 dry pieces of white bread !
    Never again…. how do they have the nerve to call them munch.

  3. Just tried a pack of ‘Munch’ dark chocolate orange nut mix. It had just one piece of dark-chocolate coated orange in the 80g bag. Shockingly poor product.

  4. I too purchased an egg mayo sandwich at Gatwick airport. It was disgusting., totally inedible. I have a picture of it. It is vile. I have written to WH Smith to complain.

  5. Well I just finished a tuna and sweet corn on brown bread, and it tasted lovely and seemed pretty fresh, don’t really see what all the fuss is about?

    1. Look at the ingredients list and then say how you feel. And I’m not sure that most people who are just happy with a plastic sandwich make the effort to comment on a blog unless maybe you work for them? 🙂

  6. I have never bothered to come on one of these websites but yes, this it total waste of money. Wiltshire Ham Hock and Picalilli. I coundn’t even taste the pickle let alone this Wiltshire ham coloured the same as Tuna. Total disgrace. DO NOT BUY.

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