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    the way in which food products sell out much more quickly than usual when they are used on TV food programmes. This effect is named after Delia Smith, a well-known TV cook in Britain

    the Delia effect meant that suddenly cranberries disappeared from the shelves of all supermarkets just before Christmas

    Submitted by missjones from United Kingdom on 28/04/2009

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