Gedney Foods to rename "midget" pickles in response to mother's anti-"M word" campaign

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Chelley's one-mom campaign compelled Gedney Foods to take action.
In December, Chelley Martinka, a 28-year-old Rhode Island mother of a baby girl named Adelaide who has dwarfism, was "shocked, appalled, and hurt" when she went grocery shopping and saw Cains "Kosher Dill Midgets" pickles on the shelf.

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In a letter to Chaska-based Gedney Foods, the company that manufactures the pickles, Martinka wrote: "I know that as times change it is hard for a company to keep up. But for the equality of all children I hope you consider renaming this product for 2013."

Martinka kept the pressure on with a YouTube video and on her blog. And much to her surprise, earlier this month, Barry Spector, president of Gedney, called Martinka and delivered news she was very excited to hear. From her blog:
Mr. Spector began telling me that the person or people who named the pickles never meant harm, it was just a word when the marketing was done for the pickles. He agreed that in these times that same word is offensive, and he and the company would never want to offend anyone. Because of this, he sent my video to the company's board who voted to... CHANGE THE LABEL! There's about 6 months of stock already packaged and labeled, but the unused labels are going to remain as such: unsued. New labels are be designed now- currently waiting on a new name. Mr. Spector pointed out some companies use "baby", but he didn't seem sold on it. I think "lil' bits" would be fun, but I didn't say that! He did promise to send me the new label in goodwill! I am SO excited to see it! I plan on buying one jar now to a) get them off the shelves faster and b) have a comparison for the future.

I want to brag: I am proud of myself.

Mr. Spector noted that he realizes consumers have more power over companies (I'm assuming he meant due to social media outlets, etc.), and that he, like every company, needed to listen and respond. I was shocked he had said that. Many companies don't listen to their consumers, especially if it's not something that personally touches them. Many times, a company simply doesn't want to change- they think there is too much cost and hassle, but not this one. This company assures me that change is good and keeping with with the times is important to them.

Gedney owns their own brand, as well as Cains' and Del Monte. I do hope that all of these brands will be renamed, but we did not (regretfully) discuss that. As a final closing, Mr. Spector said (AND I QUOTE VERBATIM) "I promise, what I've told you is what we're gonna do."

M-word pickles, BE GONE!
In a statement, Gedney representatives said the company simply views the name change as "doing the right thing."


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41 comments
1866Umidget
1866Umidget

dwarfs and little people are upset and rightly so.  in the interest of political correctness, Classic Pickles has renamed their sweet midget gherkin pickles to be "Little People Pickles."


press release here:http://classicpickles.com/

dustinleee
dustinleee

this lady should be forced to eat *GIANT* bottles of *midget" pickets.


Once again, we have the sensitivity police running our thoughts and way of life.  

Really - MIDGET??????   I thought it was not PC to call someone a midget.  So why do we ASSume a midget pickle refers to a little person.

MIDGET PICKLES MIDGET PICKLES MIDGET PICKLES MIDGET PICKLES

Get a real life lady



Onan
Onan

Gedney "F*cking Tiny-Ass" pickles...

rvm4
rvm4

I hope they call them "dwarves." And screw Gedney for taking this seriously.

MotherJones
MotherJones

Once again, Political Correctness (aka censorship) rears it's ugly head.

Jeff Robertson
Jeff Robertson

The Gerkin Dwarves. Wait, I'm going to use that for a new band name. Sure to get a gig at the state fair anyways.

Marcos Maiero
Marcos Maiero

I would suggest leprechauns, munchkins or Dinklages.

Lisa Schreiber Skjefte
Lisa Schreiber Skjefte

how about shorty's. or pickle stubs. or how about not getting offended by a pickle name!

hooligan2
hooligan2

Nooooooooooooooo! I love da midgets.

Jeff Hames
Jeff Hames

I thought it was only offensive when referring to a person!?!?

Paige Benda
Paige Benda

They should be called "politically correct pickles"

Maize
Maize

How about they change the name to vertically challenged.

Nuevo Andrewismo
Nuevo Andrewismo

If they call them Halfies they can call the spicy ones Raging Halfies.

Ann Fitch
Ann Fitch

So this only upset her after she had her baby with dwarfism, but prior to that she couldn't give a rip about it? I guess she is only an activist when it directly effects her. I'm so moved.

ElliotPark
ElliotPark

So they are now 'Little People' Pickles ?

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

I think "dinky" needs to be used instead.

Daniel Willert
Daniel Willert

size challenged? really? we have become way too oversensitive.

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