Image

Home brand vs named brand

Are there brands that you used to buy that are no longer in your local supermarket? What do you think of all these 'home brands'? Are they just as good as the named brands, are they cheaper, or are you still hankering after something in particular that just seems to have disappeared from the shelves? Give us your opinion.

Last reply: 17th Sep 2017 / 556 replies / Post by looklively

Reply to this topic

Replies

JulieA

Posted by: JulieA
Posted: 19th Mar 2013

JulieA says: Most home brands are ok but sometimes you get cheap and nasty by selecting home brand over name brand. I think it takes me more time to shop with some many home brands on the shelf because I stop and think before selecting home brand over your tried and tested named brand.i Reply

shelly47

Posted by: shelly47
Posted: 26th Mar 2013

JulieA says: Most home brands are ok but sometimes you get cheap and nasty by selecting home brand over name brand. I think it takes me more time to shop with some many home brands on the shelf because I stop...

shelly47 says: Yes! a lot of the home brands are okay but not as good as the well known brands. You just have to give them a go. I find to save money, if I use home brand necessities like coles toilet paper or cling wrap and alfoil, wash up detergent you can buy the good brands for things that matter more with taste like tinned pineapple or beetroot. I have found that coles baby peas are pretty good and the coles fake tim tams (surrenders) are a pretty close copy of the original. The trouble is as you say we are not even given the choice because a lot of our favourite foods have disappeared off the shelf and replace by cheaper home brands.
Reply

Babs

Posted by: Babs
Posted: 10th May 2013

shelly47 says: Yes! a lot of the home brands are okay but not as good as the well known brands. You just have to give them a go. I find to save money, if I use home brand necessities like coles toilet paper or...

Babs says: Because I live near safeway I tend to buy everything there but I must go to Coles and try the toilet paper and foil as I find the safeway one isn't very strong in either product and so buy the brand names. Reply

nene

Posted by: nene
Posted: 6th Apr 2014

Babs says: Because I live near safeway I tend to buy everything there but I must go to Coles and try the toilet paper and foil as I find the safeway one isn't very strong in either product and so buy the...

nene says: I love the select brand of toilet paper from Safeways. The best by far. Reply

keith

Posted by: keith
Posted: 11th Jan 2016

nene says: I love the select brand of toilet paper from Safeways. The best by far.

keith says: why buy bottled water they probably fill it at the tap and its just as good Reply

marktime

Posted by: marktime
Posted: 9th Jun 2014

Babs says: Because I live near safeway I tend to buy everything there but I must go to Coles and try the toilet paper and foil as I find the safeway one isn't very strong in either product and so buy the...

marktime says: i am with you regards tin foil even though you might get double the length not much of a bargain if you have to use 3 times as much per item as opposed to major brand name. Reply

shelly47

Posted by: shelly47
Posted: 4th Jun 2015

Babs says: Because I live near safeway I tend to buy everything there but I must go to Coles and try the toilet paper and foil as I find the safeway one isn't very strong in either product and so buy the...

shelly47 says: Yesterday I bought Coles kitchen Paper Towels and I will never buy again! It is so THIN and all the lint comes off when you try to wipe something down. Reply

dont have

Posted by: dont have
Posted: 3rd Jul 2015

Babs says: Because I live near safeway I tend to buy everything there but I must go to Coles and try the toilet paper and foil as I find the safeway one isn't very strong in either product and so buy the...

dont have says: I do like Coles or Woolworths toilet paper and bathroom products. Reading labels is important if one wants to compare to home brand to see the real value also compare size. Reply

trix56

Posted by: trix56
Posted: 16th Feb 2017

Babs says: Because I live near safeway I tend to buy everything there but I must go to Coles and try the toilet paper and foil as I find the safeway one isn't very strong in either product and so buy the...

trix56 says: If you have an Aldi nearby try their toilet paper. 3 ply. I won't buy anything else now Reply

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 2nd Aug 2017

Babs says: Because I live near safeway I tend to buy everything there but I must go to Coles and try the toilet paper and foil as I find the safeway one isn't very strong in either product and so buy the...

says: Agreed! I buy brand names because homes brand I have heard are not very good quality which I can tell even with the paper towels. Reply

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 2nd Aug 2017

Babs says: Because I live near safeway I tend to buy everything there but I must go to Coles and try the toilet paper and foil as I find the safeway one isn't very strong in either product and so buy the...

says: Agreed! I buy brand names because homes brand I have heard are not very good quality which I can tell even with the paper towels. Reply

Batman

Posted by: Batman
Posted: 24th Jan 2014

shelly47 says: Yes! a lot of the home brands are okay but not as good as the well known brands. You just have to give them a go. I find to save money, if I use home brand necessities like coles toilet paper or...

Batman says: I totally agree with you^^ and it is true, I walked into woollies yesterday and mineral water was all been replaced with hole brand and it even more expensive aswell for some reason, without customer acknowledging there going up!! Reply

patrick1972

Posted by: patrick1972
Posted: 30th Mar 2014

Batman says: I totally agree with you^^ and it is true, I walked into woollies yesterday and mineral water was all been replaced with hole brand and it even more expensive aswell for some reason, without...

patrick1972 says: ive been too three different supermarkets and they seem same in price
Reply

keith

Posted by: keith
Posted: 11th Jan 2016

Batman says: I totally agree with you^^ and it is true, I walked into woollies yesterday and mineral water was all been replaced with hole brand and it even more expensive aswell for some reason, without...

keith says: coles toilet paper or cling wrap and alfoil, are cheaper Reply

Jonda

Posted by: Jonda
Posted: 20th Mar 2014

shelly47 says: Yes! a lot of the home brands are okay but not as good as the well known brands. You just have to give them a go. I find to save money, if I use home brand necessities like coles toilet paper or...

Jonda says: I do agree with you in here, in that those home brand necessities like the alfoil and kitchen wash up detergents are okay, I do use them a fair bit. I also totally agree with you that this leaves me with a bit of extra to purchase the named-brand food items.
This being said, I think in time the home brand products will evolve to be either equal in taste with the name brands if not better. I say this with the view that if a lot of the name brands are disappearing from the shelves, the Supermarkets will need to realize that they will need to replace them with home brands that are of equal quality in taste and value for money for their customers. So do hope so!! Reply

Lukedonnan

Posted by: Lukedonnan
Posted: 8th May 2015

shelly47 says: Yes! a lot of the home brands are okay but not as good as the well known brands. You just have to give them a go. I find to save money, if I use home brand necessities like coles toilet paper or...

Lukedonnan says: Home brand items are the bomb! They are the way to go, they are just as good has any expensive brand, homebrand bleach is better then any other bleach! I do like to get my meat an soft drinks in the expensive brand but for example milk an bread they are cheap simple things you can buy in homebrand Reply

Jero

Posted by: Jero
Posted: 3rd Jun 2015

shelly47 says: Yes! a lot of the home brands are okay but not as good as the well known brands. You just have to give them a go. I find to save money, if I use home brand necessities like coles toilet paper or...

Jero says: I agree with you on the named brand vs home brand comparison, but the product availability is mostly driven by the customer response to the home brand ventures. At certain juncture the home brand will have to make product placements in order to promote their own brand over the well known brads and reduce the cost by few cents. Usually customer tend to fall for these tricks. Reply

dont have

Posted by: dont have
Posted: 3rd Jul 2015

Jero says: I agree with you on the named brand vs home brand comparison, but the product availability is mostly driven by the customer response to the home brand ventures. At certain juncture the home brand...

dont have says: Yes and sometimes down sized which is a worry. Reply

dont have

Posted by: dont have
Posted: 3rd Jul 2015

shelly47 says: Yes! a lot of the home brands are okay but not as good as the well known brands. You just have to give them a go. I find to save money, if I use home brand necessities like coles toilet paper or...

dont have says: I agree you have to give them a go. I don't like home brands in bathroom products. Baby peas sound worth the try as they can be expensive otherwise. I agree pineapple and beetroot are best purchased from good brand names. Reply

dont have

Posted by: dont have
Posted: 3rd Jul 2015

shelly47 says: Yes! a lot of the home brands are okay but not as good as the well known brands. You just have to give them a go. I find to save money, if I use home brand necessities like coles toilet paper or...

dont have says: I agree with most of your content. Reply

Jonda

Posted by: Jonda
Posted: 23rd Jan 2014

JulieA says: Most home brands are ok but sometimes you get cheap and nasty by selecting home brand over name brand. I think it takes me more time to shop with some many home brands on the shelf because I stop...

Jonda says: No, Julie, i don't think 'most home brands are ok, rather i think most homebrands are of sub-standard quality. They are cheap because they are either not made in the same manner as the name brands and/or that they are made with poor quality products. Reply

Caity1999

Posted by: Caity1999
Posted: 16th Mar 2014

Jonda says: No, Julie, i don't think 'most home brands are ok, rather i think most homebrands are of sub-standard quality. They are cheap because they are either not made in the same manner as the name brands...

Caity1999 says: I agree with you. Most home brand products are made overseas which doesn't support your country. Also the products are cheap because the farmers supplying the produce are paid an extremely small amount of money. Reply

Jonda

Posted by: Jonda
Posted: 20th Mar 2014

Caity1999 says: I agree with you. Most home brand products are made overseas which doesn't support your country. Also the products are cheap because the farmers supplying the produce are paid an extremely small...

Jonda says: I totally agree with you that it is a shame our Australian farmers are paid a pittance, even though their products are of excellent standard. I believe that 'home brands' are mostly made out of imported produce. I never fail to read the labels before buying and though the labelling indicate that they are made using both local and imported produce, I strongly believe this may not be the case. Rather i am of the opinion that at least 99% of home brands are made from imported produce.
For if they take the trouble to indicate that both local and imported produce(s) are used, why then don't they give us at least a rough indication as to what percentage is used. Reply

Robbie Dee

Posted by: Robbie Dee
Posted: 6th Apr 2015

Jonda says: No, Julie, i don't think 'most home brands are ok, rather i think most homebrands are of sub-standard quality. They are cheap because they are either not made in the same manner as the name brands...

Robbie Dee says: Hi Jonda,

Basically, I think Homebrand vs Named Branded items... Well really, theres no difference except for maybe sizing. The quality of the product you receive from (Coles Brand) is exactly the same quality you would be receiving in say Keloggs or LCM Bars or something like that. The quality doesn't differ from the product "branding" at all. Reply

slutguts

Posted by: slutguts
Posted: 5th Oct 2015

Robbie Dee says: Hi Jonda,

Basically, I think Homebrand vs Named Branded items... Well really, theres no difference except for maybe sizing. The quality of the product you receive from (Coles Brand) is...

slutguts says: I think it depends on what the product is. Something like flour, j have seen at the mill, the same flour is put into all the bags - organic, name brands, no brands - all the same flour. But there are lots of things where people can taste or notice the difference. As a uni student I usually go for the cheaper option (like with milk, I can't taste the difference so why would I pick and expensive brand) but other things like eating chocolate, I will stick with brands like lindt and Cadbury because the quality and last are linked with the brand Reply

immyk

Posted by: immyk
Posted: 22nd Oct 2015

slutguts says: I think it depends on what the product is. Something like flour, j have seen at the mill, the same flour is put into all the bags - organic, name brands, no brands - all the same flour. But there...

immyk says: And certain foods. Like canned foods, there is not a lot of difference in taste except for maybe baked beans and spagetti type of foods ( you can really taste the difference in the sauces) but with hone brand versus named brand Frozen foods, i personally find a big difference in taste usually...but sometimes the pennys make the trolley! Reply

ammy

Posted by: ammy
Posted: 11th Mar 2014

JulieA says: Most home brands are ok but sometimes you get cheap and nasty by selecting home brand over name brand. I think it takes me more time to shop with some many home brands on the shelf because I stop...

ammy says: klnj nxlk bf klfn kjdfm, nlkfn,fnkl nfkj nklfio al kfndjkv f Reply

GAK

Posted by: GAK
Posted: 1st Apr 2014

JulieA says: Most home brands are ok but sometimes you get cheap and nasty by selecting home brand over name brand. I think it takes me more time to shop with some many home brands on the shelf because I stop...

GAK says: I feel the same 5that some home brands are as good as the name brands. Also the home brands seem to be cheaper where I shop. Reply

suzieq2825

Posted by: suzieq2825
Posted: 4th Apr 2014

JulieA says: Most home brands are ok but sometimes you get cheap and nasty by selecting home brand over name brand. I think it takes me more time to shop with some many home brands on the shelf because I stop...

suzieq2825 says: I agree JulieA. however taking a little extra time to read labels is a good thing. Sometimes the nutritional details (sugar content and whatnot) can be different. WE should probably all take a little more time to choose wisely and be educated about what we are choosing Reply

s

Posted by: s
Posted: 3rd May 2015

suzieq2825 says: I agree JulieA. however taking a little extra time to read labels is a good thing. Sometimes the nutritional details (sugar content and whatnot) can be different. WE should probably all take a...

s says: I agree I look at most of the labels in the supermarket.
And have actually compared products in the supermarket by looking at the labels.
Reply

tony69au

Posted by: tony69au
Posted: 22nd Jun 2015

s says: I agree I look at most of the labels in the supermarket.
And have actually compared products in the supermarket by looking at the labels.

tony69au says: fun
Reply

morph42

Posted by: morph42
Posted: 27th Apr 2015

JulieA says: Most home brands are ok but sometimes you get cheap and nasty by selecting home brand over name brand. I think it takes me more time to shop with some many home brands on the shelf because I stop...

morph42 says: hi JulieA how u doin my name is peter wht u doin
Reply

tony69au

Posted by: tony69au
Posted: 22nd Jun 2015

JulieA says: Most home brands are ok but sometimes you get cheap and nasty by selecting home brand over name brand. I think it takes me more time to shop with some many home brands on the shelf because I stop...

tony69au says: fun Reply

Tay135

Posted by: Tay135
Posted: 28th Dec 2016

tony69au says: fun

Tay135 says: Most are actually made in the same place and are the same products in different packaging. Reading the labels will tell you that. Reply

dont have

Posted by: dont have
Posted: 3rd Jul 2015

JulieA says: Most home brands are ok but sometimes you get cheap and nasty by selecting home brand over name brand. I think it takes me more time to shop with some many home brands on the shelf because I stop...

dont have says: Yes I would prefer to look for non home brands that have been reduced and stock up. Reply

dont have

Posted by: dont have
Posted: 3rd Jul 2015

JulieA says: Most home brands are ok but sometimes you get cheap and nasty by selecting home brand over name brand. I think it takes me more time to shop with some many home brands on the shelf because I stop...

dont have says: They can be cheap and nasty with higher doses required to get the results. Reply

mroutdoorsy

Posted by: mroutdoorsy
Posted: 19th Jul 2015

JulieA says: Most home brands are ok but sometimes you get cheap and nasty by selecting home brand over name brand. I think it takes me more time to shop with some many home brands on the shelf because I stop...

mroutdoorsy says: yes im the same with home brands in supermarkets I tend to try them out and compare them with branded names. If they taste great and are great value I tend to stick with them and thats why i tend to shop at aldi.
I got sick of coles and woolworths discounting items and competeing with smaller shops who didnt have the buying power and putting them out of business rather than supporting the little guy and making them a part of the big picture. A good example of this is when they put the sushi shop out of business by keeping the same items and discounting them 24 hours a day 7 days a week. they also did this with the local nursery the butcher and the hardware shop as well as fuel banking and insurance.
Very soon it will only be coles and woolworths left unless we have more competition from others. Reply

JEpere

Posted by: JEpere
Posted: 16th Aug 2015

JulieA says: Most home brands are ok but sometimes you get cheap and nasty by selecting home brand over name brand. I think it takes me more time to shop with some many home brands on the shelf because I stop...

JEpere says: I agree, there is so much variety these days it is difficult to choose. Reply

mtc

Posted by: mtc
Posted: 15th Sep 2015

JulieA says: Most home brands are ok but sometimes you get cheap and nasty by selecting home brand over name brand. I think it takes me more time to shop with some many home brands on the shelf because I stop...

mtc says: I totally agree...I miss the brand name products and some of the no brand named products are no where as good..
Reply

Mishakal

Posted by: Mishakal
Posted: 2nd Oct 2015

JulieA says: Most home brands are ok but sometimes you get cheap and nasty by selecting home brand over name brand. I think it takes me more time to shop with some many home brands on the shelf because I stop...

Mishakal says: Sometimes it is good. It's really a hit and miss. If it's very very cheap in comparison to the brand name one... Then the store brand one must be really rubbish Reply

artickitten

Posted by: artickitten
Posted: 19th Mar 2013

artickitten says: I do think tere are more homebrands available. In some things I think they are as good as the branded products. I think they have to be as the supermarkets are promoting them as supporting the local industry in a lot of cases. However I do agree if you haven't tried the hoembrand you can spend a lot of shopping time reading labels and trying to decide if they are good enough to buy. Reply

Geoffie

Posted by: Geoffie
Posted: 22nd Mar 2013

artickitten says: I do think tere are more homebrands available. In some things I think they are as good as the branded products. I think they have to be as the supermarkets are promoting them as supporting the...

Geoffie says: Yes there are more and more home brands now ,as supermarkets wont to introduce up to and possible exceeding 80% of their stores lines to home brands. .Simply to increase their bottom line. Reply

Jonda

Posted by: Jonda
Posted: 20th Mar 2014

Geoffie says: Yes there are more and more home brands now ,as supermarkets wont to introduce up to and possible exceeding 80% of their stores lines to home brands. .Simply to increase their bottom line.

Jonda says: I agree that the availability of home brands are beginning to crowd the shelves in our supermarkets, I think this is perhaps a sign of what to expect. As long as their price range is acceptable and reasonable and more importantly the quality and taste is improved to equal that of the brand names, I am okay with it. However, if it is for the purpose of scaling down their costs, I think it will be a great shame. Reply

aggu

Posted by: aggu
Posted: 9th May 2015

Geoffie says: Yes there are more and more home brands now ,as supermarkets wont to introduce up to and possible exceeding 80% of their stores lines to home brands. .Simply to increase their bottom line.

aggu says: Yes, I am very much with Geoffie statment. Reply

Geoffie

Posted by: Geoffie
Posted: 22nd Mar 2013

artickitten says: I do think tere are more homebrands available. In some things I think they are as good as the branded products. I think they have to be as the supermarkets are promoting them as supporting the...

Geoffie says: Yes you shore do have to check labels as to country of manufacture . I would like to know when they say (Made from local and imported product) what percentage is what. Reply

Jonda

Posted by: Jonda
Posted: 20th Mar 2014

Geoffie says: Yes you shore do have to check labels as to country of manufacture . I would like to know when they say (Made from local and imported product) what percentage is what.

Jonda says: I think that most home brand labels indicate they are made in Australia with both local and imported products. And just my point Geoffie, it would help if the labelling indicated the percentage of the local product used as against the imported ones. Reply

shelly47

Posted by: shelly47
Posted: 26th Mar 2013

artickitten says: I do think tere are more homebrands available. In some things I think they are as good as the branded products. I think they have to be as the supermarkets are promoting them as supporting the...

shelly47 says: The problem is however that in most cases you look at the label on the home brand products and you will find they are mostly made overseas in indonesia or even pakistan or turkey! I would rather buy australian produce, but most of the coles own brand are made elsewhere. Reply

snakewoman

Posted by: snakewoman
Posted: 26th Mar 2013

shelly47 says: The problem is however that in most cases you look at the label on the home brand products and you will find they are mostly made overseas in indonesia or even pakistan or turkey! I would rather...

snakewoman says: Excellent point shelly... Transport miles should be considered Reply

snakewoman

Posted by: snakewoman
Posted: 26th Mar 2013

shelly47 says: The problem is however that in most cases you look at the label on the home brand products and you will find they are mostly made overseas in indonesia or even pakistan or turkey! I would rather...

snakewoman says: Excellent point shelly... Transport miles should be considered Reply

Jonda

Posted by: Jonda
Posted: 20th Mar 2014

shelly47 says: The problem is however that in most cases you look at the label on the home brand products and you will find they are mostly made overseas in indonesia or even pakistan or turkey! I would rather...

Jonda says: A bit worrying isn't it, when you don't know if there are strict guidelines adhered to by these overseas food companies.
Yes i agree with you 110% that i would much prefer to buy Australian products made with Australian grown produce. However, the reality I'm afraid is that this may be very much a far fetched notion to our food manufacturing industries. Reply

del31

Posted by: del31
Posted: 3rd Aug 2014

shelly47 says: The problem is however that in most cases you look at the label on the home brand products and you will find they are mostly made overseas in indonesia or even pakistan or turkey! I would rather...

del31 says: I do a majority of my shop at aldis where I found their brands are great. after all home brands are made by international countries for their price. it is very hard to find an aussie made product. Reply

archer

Posted by: archer
Posted: 29th Mar 2015

shelly47 says: The problem is however that in most cases you look at the label on the home brand products and you will find they are mostly made overseas in indonesia or even pakistan or turkey! I would rather...

archer says: I agree with shelly although they have improved over the last few years I also would prefer more products made in australia Reply

archer

Posted by: archer
Posted: 29th Mar 2015

shelly47 says: The problem is however that in most cases you look at the label on the home brand products and you will find they are mostly made overseas in indonesia or even pakistan or turkey! I would rather...

archer says: Reply

archer

Posted by: archer
Posted: 29th Mar 2015

shelly47 says: The problem is however that in most cases you look at the label on the home brand products and you will find they are mostly made overseas in indonesia or even pakistan or turkey! I would rather...

archer says: I agree shelley even though they have improved over the last few years I would prefer to see a lot more locally made Reply

Jonda

Posted by: Jonda
Posted: 18th Apr 2015

artickitten says: I do think tere are more homebrands available. In some things I think they are as good as the branded products. I think they have to be as the supermarkets are promoting them as supporting the...

Jonda says: Hi artickitten, yea, it seems to be the trend of the days to come with home brands flooding the supermarket shelves, but I'm not sure I would agree with you that home brands are as good as the named brands. My personal opinion as to why the home brands are flooding the shelves is more to do with cost-cutting. I don't believe supermarkets have the interests of the consumers as at heart in doing this, rather it is more to benefit them in terms of cost-cutting.
I think they need to put some serious effort into improving and up-grading the QUALITY of their own brands, one eg would be to use if not 100% Australian produce, then at least a sizable amount of it; and improve their labelling in respect to colours on packaging, I mean with something that is quite eye-catching that would draw me to it at first glance ( which can at least relieve the boredom of standing on the aisle reading to see what they're selling me). Personally, I think I will put some serious effort into filling my shopping trolley with home brands once supermarkets take some steps into using locally grown produce and also improve the quality and taste of their own brands.
Having said this, I must give it to Coles that their own Coles brand Ice Cream varieties are really nice, if not better than some of the named brands.

















. If supermarkets were into promoting local industry, why then not use at least a larger portion of (if not totally) Australian grown produce? And please, improve the labelling, in particular colours of packaging etc, rather than the boring, bland white colours and labelling. Give consumers some eye-catching, attractive options to choose from and get drawn to their own brands even if the quality is sub-standard to the named brands. Having said this, I will give Coles a thumbs-up for their own brand ice cream varieties, they are just as good if not better than some of the named brands. Reply

glennwaters

Posted by: glennwaters
Posted: 19th Mar 2013

glennwaters says: I tend to purchase the homebrand products as I find them just as good as any other product. Sometimes the homebrand products are more expensive than named brands Reply

Rocky

Posted by: Rocky
Posted: 20th Mar 2013

glennwaters says: I tend to purchase the homebrand products as I find them just as good as any other product. Sometimes the homebrand products are more expensive than named brands

Rocky says: You are right there you get more for your money. Reply

kath

Posted by: kath
Posted: 26th Mar 2013

Rocky says: You are right there you get more for your money.

kath says: in this case if the brand name is cheaper why then do u buy the no name one Reply

Rocky

Posted by: Rocky
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

Rocky says: You are right there you get more for your money.

Rocky says: I am glad you like my response because its true ????? Reply

Jonda

Posted by: Jonda
Posted: 21st Mar 2014

Rocky says: You are right there you get more for your money.

Jonda says: May be okay to get more for your money, but what about the taste for your money!!!! Reply

Geoffie

Posted by: Geoffie
Posted: 22nd Mar 2013

glennwaters says: I tend to purchase the homebrand products as I find them just as good as any other product. Sometimes the homebrand products are more expensive than named brands

Geoffie says: if they are more expensive as you say, then i would change where I shop as that was not their main purpose.Also you and Rocky think exactly the same. Reply

Shinta

Posted by: Shinta
Posted: 24th Mar 2013

glennwaters says: I tend to purchase the homebrand products as I find them just as good as any other product. Sometimes the homebrand products are more expensive than named brands

Shinta says: I agree.. Reply

Jonda

Posted by: Jonda
Posted: 20th Mar 2014

glennwaters says: I tend to purchase the homebrand products as I find them just as good as any other product. Sometimes the homebrand products are more expensive than named brands

Jonda says: Really!! Okay I must make a point to check this out on my next supermarket visit. Thank you, i'll keep this in mind. Reply

lyjaam

Posted by: lyjaam
Posted: 19th Mar 2013

lyjaam says: I always buy home brands. I think most of them are just as good as well known brands. Reply

Ned

Posted by: Ned
Posted: 19th Mar 2013

Ned says: Yes absolutely. I've been doing two shops instead of one which I find really annoying because my local supermarket is removing the things I like to buy and replacing them with home brand products. Don't get me wrong I use quite a few of the home brand products and I think in most instances they are just as good. The issue for me is, the supermarket I shop in is a smaller store and the shelves are definitely filling up with home brand merchandise. I think the supermarkets should distribute the products more evenly. I've even provided feedback but to no avail. Anyway happy shopping where ever you go. Reply

DrMDodd

Posted by: DrMDodd
Posted: 4th Feb 2014

Ned says: Yes absolutely. I've been doing two shops instead of one which I find really annoying because my local supermarket is removing the things I like to buy and replacing them with home brand products....

DrMDodd says: I think for everyday items, flour, all condiments home brand services its purpose. However, as soon as you deviate from the basic ingredients and start to navigate the jams, breads and in particular coffee; cheaper "homebrand"'s are no substitute instead paying more for brands does make a difference. As the old adage goes, you gets what you pay for! Reply

tailights

Posted by: tailights
Posted: 20th Mar 2014

DrMDodd says: I think for everyday items, flour, all condiments home brand services its purpose. However, as soon as you deviate from the basic ingredients and start to navigate the jams, breads and in...

tailights says: Yes DrMDodd- I agree with you. why pay your money out on things such as frozen fish fingers, hamburgers,and things if they only end up going to the cat or dog. Reply

flo

Posted by: flo
Posted: 9th Feb 2014

Ned says: Yes absolutely. I've been doing two shops instead of one which I find really annoying because my local supermarket is removing the things I like to buy and replacing them with home brand products....

flo says: I also go to different shops to buy some of my favourite brands. I find that a number of the supermarket brands are of lower quality and more expensive and some of the home brands are better, it's just a matter of trial and erro.
Reply

miamouse

Posted by: miamouse
Posted: 19th Mar 2013

miamouse says: Home brands are the best! Why?
They are produce here in Aus, well over 80% is.
This gives your friends and their kids jobs.
I favour the taste and quality, not to mention now even the designs of these products is taking a confident step forward.

Keep up the work home brand, I'll keep you in business!
Cheers Mia Reply

shelly47

Posted by: shelly47
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

miamouse says: Home brands are the best! Why?
They are produce here in Aus, well over 80% is.
This gives your friends and their kids jobs.
I favour the taste and quality, not to mention now even the...

shelly47 says: I disagree there miamouse, Most of the home brand products are not produced here in Aust at all or they are packed here from imported grown produce or a mixture of Aust and imported goods before they are packed here. READ THE LABELS thoroughly. A lot of the Aust companies have been run off the shelves because of the greed of Coles and Woolworths wanting more of the profits for themselves.They have effectively lessened the choice we as consumers have by pushing these Australian brands out, and replacing them with their own home brand products. They are produced cheaper by cheap overseas labour and are usually an inferior product. If we want the Brands to remain we all must stop buying these HOME BRAND products! Reply

michb

Posted by: michb
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

shelly47 says: I disagree there miamouse, Most of the home brand products are not produced here in Aust at all or they are packed here from imported grown produce or a mixture of Aust and imported goods before...

michb says: I agree with shelly47. What has happened to consumer choice? I hve found quite a few of the food home brands are not as good as name brands Reply

Michelle

Posted by: Michelle
Posted: 30th Apr 2013

shelly47 says: I disagree there miamouse, Most of the home brand products are not produced here in Aust at all or they are packed here from imported grown produce or a mixture of Aust and imported goods before...

Michelle says: I have worked in a factory producing cereal, home brand other brands same produce , machines stopped boxes changed and started again . Reply

Jules99

Posted by: Jules99
Posted: 19th May 2013

shelly47 says: I disagree there miamouse, Most of the home brand products are not produced here in Aust at all or they are packed here from imported grown produce or a mixture of Aust and imported goods before...

Jules99 says: I agree completely with shelly47. The first time I shopped at Coles, the ratio of Home Brand to Name Brand was about 2:5. However, now I notice that that ratio is more like 4:2. Woollies has a bit more variety and I do like their Macro range, but the reality is that Home Brands are running the Local Brands right out of Australia, not to mention the way they exploit the farmers. Reply

Anet

Posted by: Anet
Posted: 19th Mar 2013

Anet says: I have always bought name brands and have been happy with them.
my friend was shopping with me one day and said why not try home brands they were just as good. So I tried some different products and was quiet disappointed with the taste and the flavour.
No more home brand products for me. Reply

AuroraMoonbeam

Posted by: AuroraMoonbeam
Posted: 16th Apr 2013

Anet says: I have always bought name brands and have been happy with them.
my friend was shopping with me one day and said why not try home brands they were just as good. So I tried some different...

AuroraMoonbeam says: Wow - I have found MANY Home Brand products that are just as good...and WHY, if you are NOT happy with them, don't you all just TAKE THEM BACK?? I sure DO! Reply

blueposy

Posted by: blueposy
Posted: 19th Mar 2013

blueposy says: yes its a worry that homebrands are replacing a lot of namebrands and yes there are namebrands that I can no longer buy,sometimes the homebrands are better than namebrands other times they are not.Ultimately the consumer is the loser as our freedom of choices are being restricted and dominated and we are being dictated to by the two largest supermarket chains who control the market for self serving purposes. Reply

shelly47

Posted by: shelly47
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

blueposy says: yes its a worry that homebrands are replacing a lot of namebrands and yes there are namebrands that I can no longer buy,sometimes the homebrands are better than namebrands other times they are...

shelly47 says: I agree with you blueposy! Reply

Kamulgabill

Posted by: Kamulgabill
Posted: 19th Mar 2013

Kamulgabill says: I do think that some homebrand type products are just as good as other, for example cereals, nuts, dried fruits etc. But on the other hand I have found and heard that others just don't cut it like cheap brand female sanitary products, nappies and the like. I do use alot of homebrand products but there will always be certain things I choose the more expensive brand on. Reply

marlu

Posted by: marlu
Posted: 19th Mar 2013

marlu says: Some brands are okay,I would prefer to buy Austtaliam made ptoducts that keep people in employment.I have also noticed that shops often now put the name brands higher up the shelves so you have no choice but to buy the home brand products. Reply

graciana

Posted by: graciana
Posted: 19th Mar 2013

graciana says: I would say home brand, no frills etc are the way to go. But, beware as sometimes buying cheap means getting cheap quality!! Reply

sram

Posted by: sram
Posted: 19th Mar 2013

sram says: I think it depends.There are some home brands that are good but mostly products nowadays speaks for its price.I do recommend to try some home products and identify which suits your budget... Reply

ebbybees

Posted by: ebbybees
Posted: 19th Mar 2013

ebbybees says: I dont mind some home brands but the original is usually the best Reply

Jen

Posted by: Jen
Posted: 19th Mar 2013

Jen says: Some products are quite ok from Home Brand ranges. And then there are the ones that are just awful. I find it annoying when you have been buying an item for years and suddenly it is not available at the store, or only stocked intermittently. You find the they have brought out a similar generic item but it is just not the same quality. In the end you just stop buying the product and it becomes a "Treat" when you do see it again. It would be nice if the supermarkets would consider giving us a choice and not try to force their home brands on us. We will make the choice for home brands if Supermarkets make sure they are a comparable item to another product, but please give us the right to choose by leaving the other item also on the shelves!!! Reply

Tamarra

Posted by: Tamarra
Posted: 20th Mar 2013

Tamarra says: I tend to use name brands, mainly because I buy the same products that I grew up with. I stock up on things when they are on sale though. Reply

donneperth

Posted by: donneperth
Posted: 20th Mar 2013

donneperth says: Brands I used to get are no longer available, replaced by what I term: Coles Crap.
Cheap and nasty foods from cheap inferior ingredients. I never buy them. Reply

singledad54

Posted by: singledad54
Posted: 20th Mar 2013

singledad54 says: Some home brands are quite good, but then others are not of the same quality of the name brands. Sometimes the home brands are made at the same factory as the name brands, but then you also get the cheap imported stuff which can be inferior quality. Reply

maxey

Posted by: maxey
Posted: 20th Mar 2013

maxey says: yes i have noticed that there are more home brands than name brands in the local supermarkets these days. they are not as good as the name brands if they were they wouldn't be so cheap. Reply

moondie

Posted by: moondie
Posted: 20th Mar 2013

moondie says: I either always purchase home brand first, or if the brand name is on special at the same price I will purchase that Reply

Chez

Posted by: Chez
Posted: 20th Mar 2013

Chez says: Do not like a lot of "home Brands"". The product is not sourced in Australia or from Australian growers and the quality in a lot of cases leaves a lot to be desired. Rather pay more for Australian product, grown & manufactured, than foreign rubbish. Supermarkets need to rethink. As for products disappearing from shelves, I think Dick Smith Foods is filling the void nicely on-line or in store (if you can find them) and they are all Australia.
Reply

Jac421

Posted by: Jac421
Posted: 20th Mar 2013

Jac421 says: my partner works for a dairy company and the cream that goes into the home brand bottles is the same as named brand bottles but you pay half the price Reply

dynamo

Posted by: dynamo
Posted: 20th Mar 2013

dynamo says: As Australians we have to boycott Cole's & Woolworths home brand Products, not only will you help save what's left of our farming & Manufacturing you will hurt their Bottom line!! Over 90% of home brand labels are from China they have no food safety standards what so, ever they grow their foods in toxic soils their fish in polluted waters full of sewerage & chemicals & that's no Lie use the most powerful Tool for seeking the Truth the Internet & research yourself. Another way to help you buy Australian Or New Zealand products is to look at your bar codes esp the first 2-3 numbers if it starts with 93 its Australian if it's 94 it's NZ If it's 690,691-695 all made in China!!! Don't forget Hong Kong is China as well, 471 is made in Taiwan. Do not buy their fish either their are bread in the most disgusting polluted water I have ever seen!!! Another one is Fish which says product of Canada it is from China only the Coating & Packaging are done in Canada!! When the product says made from local & imported ingredients you can bet your life it's from china!!! So if you want to help save our jobs & protect your Health Avoid these Home Brands like the Plague & spread the word to every one!!!! A very Concerned Australian!!! Reply

shelly47

Posted by: shelly47
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

dynamo says: As Australians we have to boycott Cole's & Woolworths home brand Products, not only will you help save what's left of our farming & Manufacturing you will hurt their Bottom line!! Over 90% of...

shelly47 says: Here here dynamo you are right on the ball! I always check the labels now and am determined to find exactly the REAL source before I buy! Australian consumers need to shop Australian first. Reply

dynamo

Posted by: dynamo
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

shelly47 says: Here here dynamo you are right on the ball! I always check the labels now and am determined to find exactly the REAL source before I buy! Australian consumers need to shop Australian first.

dynamo says: Hi there Shelly47, good to see some is taking notice about what they consume!! I hope that you help spread the word about all I stated to your friends family etc it could make a huge difference here!!! Also be aware of GMO being introduced into our foods very soon they will tell you that they are safe but they are nothing more than poison built in pesticide in the actual seed that studies have shown to cause horrible tumors & cancers in rats!!! Monsanto the giant agro Corp is the biggest threat to humanity bar none!!! The time for awakening is NOW Cheers. Reply

shelly47

Posted by: shelly47
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

dynamo says: Hi there Shelly47, good to see some is taking notice about what they consume!! I hope that you help spread the word about all I stated to your friends family etc it could make a huge difference...

shelly47 says: thanks dynamo for the information about GMO - not nice! I will certainly be on the lookout for where food comes from and the additives in future. I will tell my friends and family also to check the labels etc. Take care. Reply

dynamo

Posted by: dynamo
Posted: 28th Mar 2013

shelly47 says: thanks dynamo for the information about GMO - not nice! I will certainly be on the lookout for where food comes from and the additives in future. I will tell my friends and family also to check the...

dynamo says: Thank you Shelly, I feel good knowing that I have helped you become more aware you take care as well Dynamo. Reply

Bass

Posted by: Bass
Posted: 20th Mar 2013

Bass says: None that I can think of, but I think the home brands are the same in most cases. Reply

Na's

Posted by: Na's
Posted: 20th Mar 2013

Na's says: I COMPLETELY AGREE! It is absolutely ridiculous! Some of the home brand products are nice and cheaper but alot of them are a smaller weight, don't taste anywhere near as good and they may be cheaper but not by much. Whats really starting to annoy me about the home brands is that theres like 3 different types. WHY???? and I have found that the more expensive home brand is actually more expensive than the name brand products!!! Reply

NiftyNev

Posted by: NiftyNev
Posted: 20th Mar 2013

NiftyNev says: Some of the home brand items are actually made by the name brand companies & are quite good, however it is a bit of a chance you take at times trial & error.
Some are really quite good & tend to stay the same, then all of asudden it appears they have changed suppliers & the item just isn't the same. Reply

wanny

Posted by: wanny
Posted: 20th Mar 2013

wanny says: I use mostly homebrand products because it is cheaper as I have 8 in my family with 6 of those being males. but I still have particular brand name products I use because it tastes better than some of the home brand products Reply

Mello

Posted by: Mello
Posted: 20th Mar 2013

Mello says: Well you see I can still find the products that I still like but once I went to Woolworth's and ate this choclaty stuff and it was really nice so it's a give and take thing Reply

Bri

Posted by: Bri
Posted: 20th Mar 2013

Bri says: I have tried the Aldo Rice Bubbles and I would confirm that these are as good as normal brands. I have also tried some of the home brands which I did not like. Reply

edwin ian

Posted by: edwin ian
Posted: 20th Mar 2013

edwin ian says: some are ok when its obvious that the package is made in same factory Reply

Rocky

Posted by: Rocky
Posted: 20th Mar 2013

Rocky says: Yes they are really they are the same but in a different pagage??? Reply

muzzle

Posted by: muzzle
Posted: 20th Mar 2013

muzzle says: In my experience most home brand items are indistinguishable from branded items, eg. milk, cheese and butter. Breakfast cereals are the exception, with home brand 'corn flakes, being a bit ordinary. I buy a lot of home brand items to save money, as I am now surviving mainly on a Government pension. Reply

Joelle

Posted by: Joelle
Posted: 20th Mar 2013

Joelle says: Home brands these days are mostly very good. Saves money that can be used to help with cost of living elsewhere. Some things like tuna are not so great home brand so our family sticks with brand names for these purchases. Reply

mezz

Posted by: mezz
Posted: 20th Mar 2013

mezz says: I think there are some home brand items that are as good as the known name brands.
Substituting some items in each shop helps to save money and stretch the budget further.
At the current time it would seem most house holds are conscious of being economical, thereby ensuring that there will continue to be a market for home brand products Reply

maggie31

Posted by: maggie31
Posted: 20th Mar 2013

maggie31 says: I purchase no name brands with all stamples like flour , milk bread sugar ect and find no difference , i am hesitant to buy homebrand products though for personal higiene and baby care though i have never tried Reply

Lolz

Posted by: Lolz
Posted: 20th Mar 2013

Lolz says: I think home brands can be just as good, but sometimes you need to pay more and get the named brands if the quality isn't there. Reply

MegsLou

Posted by: MegsLou
Posted: 20th Mar 2013

MegsLou says: I have certainly noticed some particular brand products that are no longer on the shelf, some of which I have missed and have to source at other supermarkets.
Having limited time I often can't get around searching for the brand I know and enjoy, so i feel I've been forced into homebrand options!
Having said that I am often surprised at the homebrand quality as a replacement!
I have been dissapointed with some products but the price point is reasonable and find myself just trying to deal with it for the savings.. Reply

Di

Posted by: Di
Posted: 20th Mar 2013

Di says: I am on a disability pension and what I would have bought in Brand Products has had to change. In this change I found that most of the products were the same as the named products. Surprise to find this the only product I won't change is my washing powder after testing others because of my skin condition. Also I have to stick to the known brands on my Pharmacy products as there is no subituite for these Reply

Di

Posted by: Di
Posted: 20th Mar 2013

Di says: As a pensioner I have tried the Home Brand against the Named Brands and find there is very little difference between the both. The only one I have to stick to Brand name is Soy Milk and washing powders as I have a skin condition that is not forgiving if I use a brand unknown. The same with Prescription Drugs. Reply

Kyla

Posted by: Kyla
Posted: 20th Mar 2013

Kyla says: My two girls adore the Homebrand Woolsworth and Coles Party Pies better than 4 and 20 and all other more expensive brands
Reply

dynamo

Posted by: dynamo
Posted: 23rd Mar 2013

Kyla says: My two girls adore the Homebrand Woolsworth and Coles Party Pies better than 4 and 20 and all other more expensive brands

dynamo says: Do you realize that most processed foods contain absolute toxic poisons that come out of a Laboratory esp M.S.G. flavor enhancers are a toxic cocktail that over excites the brain & tricks the brain into making you think that this crud tastes wonderful!!! It was discovered by the Japanese who put it their troops food which was quite awe-full & now all manufactures use this in their highly processed foods!!! Why do you think that Cancer Rates are going through the roof it's in our Food, so many numbers that are toxic & allowed in our foods it's criminal but then again it's the NWO Agenda 21 blue print for population reduction!!!! Go research & you will find it's 100% TRUE Wake up to the poisoning of our food, water, air ( Chemtrails) & the Vaccines Avoid KFC Mcdonalds Diet coke, Zero coke, & Pepsi Max, all contain Aspartame a deadly toxin that hasn't even been approved for humane consumption!!! it was discovered while working on a bio chemical. I can only warn you BUT Remember you are what you eat!!! You have been warned. Reply

surahi111

Posted by: surahi111
Posted: 20th Mar 2013

surahi111 says: Everyone has the right to get high quality products. Reply

frannymanny

Posted by: frannymanny
Posted: 20th Mar 2013

frannymanny says: I have reduced my use of manufactured products so much that I hardly use any of the branded products that I would have used 20 years ago.
I make my own cleaners and grow my own fruit and veg which I bottle, preserve, freeze etc. I don't bake bread,biscuits and cakes like I used to so I don't need the flour,sugar and shortening that I would have once used.
Powdered milk and rolled oats are much of a muchness as far as brand is concerned. I do tend to buy milk with murray goulburn provinance though because I believe the dairy farmers are being crushed by cheap milk wars.
I really do not want to spend money at the supermarket unless it really truly is something I cannot produce myself. I have affection for old brands but that is all Reply

Aussieann

Posted by: Aussieann
Posted: 21st Mar 2013

Aussieann says: Sometimes these products are made by the same factories just boxed differently as big companies buy in bulk. Reply

Lyn

Posted by: Lyn
Posted: 21st Mar 2013

Lyn says: This is a double sided coin issue as most of the branded lines also produce the home brand products. In most cases it's fine to use the homebrand product as it is often as good as the branded lines. The issues become a problem when the homebrand products start to be imported for overseas & the branded & "Australian Made?" products start to disappear from the shelves. Also some products state that they are distributed by an Australian company using ingredients from overseas but sometimes you really have to look hard to find this wording on the package. Reply

Lyn

Posted by: Lyn
Posted: 21st Mar 2013

Lyn says: This is a double sided coin issue as most of the branded lines also produce the home brand products. In most cases it's fine to use the homebrand product as it is often as good as the branded lines. The issues become a problem when the homebrand products start to be imported for overseas & the branded & "Australian Made?" products start to disappear from the shelves. Also some products state that they are distributed by an Australian company using ingredients from overseas but sometimes you really have to look hard to find this wording on the package. Reply

Elle38

Posted by: Elle38
Posted: 21st Mar 2013

Elle38 says: When I first moved out I brought home brand everything :) I definitely agree that home brand can be just as good as brand name items, you just need to give it a go and see what u prefer. For me it's a question of is it really that much better that I'm willing to pay an extra $2 or $3 or sometimes more for it. Coles brand is my personal favourite. Speaking of brands I can't believe Vegemite isn't Australian owned any more. Dick smiths version ozemite just isn't the same :) Reply

emmadave123

Posted by: emmadave123
Posted: 21st Mar 2013

emmadave123 says: Well I try to shop for store brand or home brands to try to save money but still get a great quality for our family. When your talking right across the board, there are some home brands that I believe are better than others and I will not buy, for instance I believe Black and Gold are the worse and most expensive of the home brands or store brands. Aldi has great value store brand items which are part of my necessity shop. But then there are store brand items such as Muesli bars at Aldi that are in my mind not very tasty so I will source them from another shop. Coles home brand muesli bars are better than Woolworths. I find that the quality if just as good if not better than some of the brand name items. Such as arnotts shapes, I didn't realise how hard they are as I only buy them on special as I get the Aldi ones, great quality, taste and value for my family. I am a bargain shopper. Reply

Carolyn P

Posted by: Carolyn P
Posted: 21st Mar 2013

Carolyn P says: Homebrands are everywhere now, especially amongst the two majors (Coles and Woolworths). I've found the quality to be fairly suspect in most: generally cheaper, lower-quality imported foods. I prefer brands, but they are getting harder to find. Many of my friends have switched to independent supermarkets such as Foodland (SA), Drake, IGA, etc. as a form of protest against too many supermarket brands taking over the shelves. Reply

dilufox

Posted by: dilufox
Posted: 21st Mar 2013

dilufox says: Home brand to me though imitates branded products sometimes do taste the same though you can actually notice the difference in quality Reply

woody077

Posted by: woody077
Posted: 22nd Mar 2013

woody077 says: Yes most of the home brand products are just as good as brand names and they cost less. Yes some products are going missing but there are also new products br made. Personally if l like the home brand product l have no problem buying it then my dollar goes futher. Reply

aaaa

Posted by: aaaa
Posted: 22nd Mar 2013

aaaa says: I think home brands can be very good, I do buy them. Reply

PGS

Posted by: PGS
Posted: 22nd Mar 2013

PGS says: Depends what it is. We prefer Jatz, but will buy the Aldi one sometimes.
Somethings there should be no real difference, but pastry & dough items can have a wide difference in flavour.
Some canned products have more water/juice/sauce as a home brand.
Pizza should be much the same everywhere - the Aldi one we bought once & NEVER again. It was disgusting. The branded ones are usually light on toppings, so by the time that is corrected & re-heated you may as well have bought Pizza Hut or Dominos. Good thing I prefer to make mine.


Reply

old girl

Posted by: old girl
Posted: 22nd Mar 2013

old girl says: Somethings are ok, but there are some shockers. Best ting is buy and try. There has also been things that are no different between brand names and home brand. Buying products that are here in Australia is best, but it's not easy when your on a budget. Reply

Carmel51

Posted by: Carmel51
Posted: 22nd Mar 2013

Carmel51 says: Sometimes if you have time to read the labels you will see that the home brand version is produced at the same place. Reply

Nayme

Posted by: Nayme
Posted: 22nd Mar 2013

Nayme says: home brand is good enough for me for certain things and a lot cheaper. Reply

Jeski

Posted by: Jeski
Posted: 23rd Mar 2013

Jeski says: I actually buy both name brand and generic depending on the ingredients. My family have some food tolerances and I frequently find that some of the things that set them off are not in the home brand products which makes them safer for my family to eat. The only choc milk powder that we can buy is the Woolies home brand one and it is $3 a time so that really works for me. But I personally love the Cadbury chocolate powder that sticks in your throat and clumps in your glass so I buy that just for me from time to time!! That said there are some wonderful products that have disappeared over the years and are never replaced by anything of reasonable quality or for a reasonable price, like tomato magic where oh where did it go? Reply

Gee12

Posted by: Gee12
Posted: 23rd Mar 2013

Gee12 says: I don't buy home brand I think they are cheap and nasty , I know everyone says it's the same with different packaging but I don't think so Reply

harl

Posted by: harl
Posted: 24th Mar 2013

harl says: i think it doesnt really matter what you buy, we all get cheated we all suffer, and yet it i take thishome brand vs named brand, its exactly the same as if i offered you a car battery with brand on one and nothing on the other, there both the same but your more inclined to buy the one you know
Reply

Millie

Posted by: Millie
Posted: 22nd Feb 2014

harl says: i think it doesnt really matter what you buy, we all get cheated we all suffer, and yet it i take thishome brand vs named brand, its exactly the same as if i offered you a car battery with brand on...

Millie says: Their ok. But some supermarkets are replacing all the normal ones with homebrand, select and no frills. Home brands are cheaper then the others. But not as good as the normal products without the homebrands Reply

MmmFlan

Posted by: MmmFlan
Posted: 24th Mar 2013

MmmFlan says: I personally think named brands are better because home brands generally taste less good. However, you do find a few home brand gems. It really depends on the item you buy. Reply

tiffany

Posted by: tiffany
Posted: 24th Mar 2013

tiffany says: I think it depends what you use home brand products for! they are much cheaper although people can buy named brand items for discount prices if they know where to look Reply

Deepika

Posted by: Deepika
Posted: 25th Mar 2013

Deepika says: Home brands are good but some times you taste a difference to what you are expecting. Reply

Deepika

Posted by: Deepika
Posted: 25th Mar 2013

Deepika says: Home brands are good but some times you taste a difference to what you are expecting. Reply

rebeccakpierce

Posted by: rebeccakpierce
Posted: 25th Mar 2013

rebeccakpierce says: I do get home brands wherever possible and wherever I know they are the exact same product. Canned peas are canned peas. In some cases I find the home brand version to be even better. Working at my parents supermarket for many years, I learned that the most part of the difference betweeen prices is just the cost of advertising. The consumer has to pay for the labeling, the fancy jar, the advertisements, the sales reps wages.
With the cost of living being at the level it is, it seems silly to pay more for the same product. Most people don't realise this though Reply

Bic

Posted by: Bic
Posted: 26th Mar 2013

Bic says: Home brands are cheaper simply because they use cheaper ingredients. Supermarkets are producing their own brands because it more money in their own pockets. We are seeing more and more of these home brand products hit the shelf and less of the named brands. It is also cheaper for supermarkets to stock their own products so again they are making alot of money this way Reply

Bic

Posted by: Bic
Posted: 26th Mar 2013

Bic says: Home brands are cheaper simply because they use cheaper ingredients. Supermarkets are producing their own brands because it more money in their own pockets. We are seeing more and more of these home brand products hit the shelf and less of the named brands. It is also cheaper for supermarkets to stock their own products so again they are making alot of money this way Reply

Coombesy

Posted by: Coombesy
Posted: 26th Mar 2013

Coombesy says: I tend to vary between products. Cereals and spreads I always go with a brand because the taste I prefer is there. When it ocmes to cheeses and other dairy products however, I am happy to purchase the home brand. Depends on the individual product. Reply

cas

Posted by: cas
Posted: 26th Mar 2013

cas says: I find some of the home brands not nearly as good. Often the goods are somewhat "watered down" compared to the original brands I would buy, though the home brands may be a little cheaper the product is in fact, not as good. Lacking in quality. I was searching for a particular product at my usual supermarket recently to find it had just disappeared off the shelf! No longer stocked, but a home brand replacing it was not even the same product. Really disappointed. I would rather pay more for quality goods. Reply

shayboo

Posted by: shayboo
Posted: 26th Mar 2013

shayboo says: i dont think it matters Reply

unibomba17

Posted by: unibomba17
Posted: 26th Mar 2013

unibomba17 says: There are some Homebrand product that are ok. I buy mainly Brand product though. I have noticed there is a lot less variety of branded product to choose from now. Reply

smitzer

Posted by: smitzer
Posted: 26th Mar 2013

smitzer says: Its really a matter of taste, there are some products that I like and others that I dont like in the home brands, I fully believe you get what you pay for and I dont mind paying that little bit extra to get a stronger solution in cleaners or more taste in my food, each to their own. Reply

kath

Posted by: kath
Posted: 26th Mar 2013

kath says: I prefer to buy named brand some of the no name is terrible i prepared to pay the extra money then i know what i,m getting Reply

kaz007

Posted by: kaz007
Posted: 26th Mar 2013

kaz007 says: I haven't noticed any brands missing but yes there are a lot more Home brand items. Some Home brand items are good but I have tried some things that I wouldn't buy again. Reply

celebrity

Posted by: celebrity
Posted: 26th Mar 2013

celebrity says: I'm not fussed with the home brands which are appearing on the shelves more frequently. I find the quality to be lacking in substance and the portions sizes much smaller, example; 2 minute noodles. I have also found if one has a problem with them and contacts them via address on packet one rarely gets a reply. The packaging whilst bland which isn't a concern breaks more easily or tears when packing items away in the pantry also. The taste of some items lacks flavour also. I much prefer brand names but I have noticed especially in major supermarkets brands like Edgell frozen vegetables etc seem to keep disappearing along with brand named tinned pineapple. It is getting harder and harder to find the brands I choose to buy. Reply

Mona78

Posted by: Mona78
Posted: 26th Mar 2013

Mona78 says: I think it depends on the homebrand. For example, personaly I think most of the Coles brand are just as good if not better than big brands. But then again it does also depend on the product...staple good are pretty much the same.
Reply

snakewoman

Posted by: snakewoman
Posted: 26th Mar 2013

snakewoman says: WARNING
The "no name" brands have been a plan of the 2 big supermarkets for years now.
Slowly introducing them, as the well known brands go away, slowly...

The big plan for those 2 big supermarkets being in another 5 years to have a total monopoly on just about all we need to buy.

So they can forever increase the massive mark up, and we..the silent people of Australia, can either pay 400% too much, or...go without

The Govt MUST get fair dinkum and stop this before Australia has no farmers left.... And most of our farming land gets sold to China...

But..our Govt. are too busy at the moment...bickering amongst each other and being paid to waste time....
...before they resign,get sacked or retire, on a hefty pay out...

Reply

snakewoman

Posted by: snakewoman
Posted: 26th Mar 2013

snakewoman says: WARNING
The "no name" brands have been a plan of the 2 big supermarkets for years now.
Slowly introducing them, as the well known brands go away, slowly...

The big plan for those 2 big supermarkets being in another 5 years to have a total monopoly on just about all we need to buy.

So they can forever increase the massive mark up, and we..the silent people of Australia, can either pay 400% too much, or...go without

The Govt MUST get fair dinkum and stop this before Australia has no farmers left.... And most of our farming land gets sold to China...

But..our Govt. are too busy at the moment...bickering amongst each other and being paid to waste time....
...before they resign,get sacked or retire, on a hefty pay out...

Reply

kiwinutter

Posted by: kiwinutter
Posted: 26th Mar 2013

kiwinutter says: I am forced, due to financial restraints, to purchasing whatever is cheapest! :(
Most of the time there is no difference between home brands and the name brands. Except when it comes to "budget" - a lot of the Budget brand stuff is definitely inferior! Reply

jvanes

Posted by: jvanes
Posted: 26th Mar 2013

jvanes says: I never buy home brands if I can avoid them, as most are made overseas and are inferior to locally produced ones. Unfortunately both Coles and Woolworths keep removing my favourite brands and I am having to visit several different supermarkets and contacting the makers of products to find where they are stocked, which I am determined to do, as I will not have supermarket managers dictating to me what I eat. Even the organic brands of beans which I eat a lot, being vegetarian, have changed in both supermarkets and their new own brand organic beans taste disgusting.
I have been asking the local health food store to order in items I really like when they are no longer available in the supermarkets and prefer to support small local businesses anyway. The supermarkets will lose my custom altogether if they continue to push businesses out and only sell their own brands.
Reply

Jen

Posted by: Jen
Posted: 26th Mar 2013

Jen says: Woolies / Coles homebrand, woolies / coles upmarket homebrand and then search for any other brand that is NOT made overseas! Shopping is a DRAMA.
My concern is once the 'named' brands are eliminated what happens to the prices of the 'home brands'?
At least IGA (first choice) have a selection followed by coles and forget the wilting 'fresh food people'.
I feel that a few extra pennies spent now could save heaps in the future, I just wish others would look at it that way. I know it means that there is not enough to buy a bottle of vino - but I would prefer a non-monopolised future over a glass.

Thanks for letting me on the soap box Reply

Violetpatricia

Posted by: Violetpatricia
Posted: 26th Mar 2013

Violetpatricia says: Yes there are a lot of brands that I used to buy that have been replaced by home brands. If my preferred brand is not available I will give the home brand a go but very often I am disappointed by the taste/quality. My favourite brand of herbs & spices have disappeared to be replaced by the store brand and I must confess these are good but just recently my preferred cheese is no longer available but has been replaced by store named brand. I'm fussy about the cheese so I tried to buy at another supermarket but they were out of stock. I would like to be able to make the choice of buying the named brand or the store brand but the choice has been removed. Reply

Jen

Posted by: Jen
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

Jen says: I only use home brands for non-food items as I am not always sure that they are as good as brand names. For lunchwrap etc products they work fine. For food you need the quality of good products. Reply

sammychef

Posted by: sammychef
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

sammychef says: I think it comes down to application of product.. often medication is far cheaper home brand but the dose is half of the name brand.. but everything else is personal preference. .. Reply

bushie

Posted by: bushie
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

bushie says: There seems to be a lot more Store branded cereals now than before and a few oof the cereals I usually buy for the family are getting harder to find.Many times I have to go to more than one store just to do my grocery shopping, not so long ago you could go shopping and do what you needed in a short time and now it takes me a lot longer as there is too many no name brands and less ans. Some things I get are home branded but usually not as the quality is just not there in a lot of their items the better known brands are on the norm more of a quality than the stores own brand Reply

joan

Posted by: joan
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

joan says: I've yet to find a generic brand better than the original. Reply

Gordy

Posted by: Gordy
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

Gordy says: Yes I agree with Julie. Some Homebrands appear to be slightly sub standard to other well known ones. I find the bread for instance goes dry after only one day. Reply

M

Posted by: M
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

M says: For me it depends on my financal circumstances. If I can't afford my usual brand and the homebrand is cheaper than I'll buy homebrand. However, I'm not loyal to homebrand but I will not buy anything other than Watties. I will only buy be loyal to Watties only. Reply

M

Posted by: M
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

M says: If my pocet cant afford my usual brand but if I cant then its homebrand. However, I will only buy Wattes product, its all in the sauce, no brand does it better than Watties.
Reply

Milburnd

Posted by: Milburnd
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

Milburnd says: I feel that some home brand aren't has good as the name brand cheap and nasty Reply

Karan13

Posted by: Karan13
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

Karan13 says: gone are the days when generic brands were there to help people keep their shopping bill down. they are expensive, the quality is not as good and they are taking over the shelves which leaves us with much less to choose from

i wont buy generic brands because supermarkets are just getting greedier and greedier Reply

hispania

Posted by: hispania
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

hispania says: They sell home brands to make greater profit. What is it about home brands that makes them cheaper for the store to produce? Is it cheaper ingredients, lower labour costs or cheaper quality control etc? The supermarkets aren't doing it for our benefit - it's so they can make more money. I find many of the store brands don't taste as good or the quality is inferior even if the packaging is now classier. Many of my favorite brands have disappeared or are never on the weekly specials list. Reply

Barb

Posted by: Barb
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

Barb says: IGA are not overrun with home brand as yet and I was surprised to find out how many Aus. products Aldi stock. The others I avoid for multiple reasons. Some home brands are as good as the branded products and some are not so good.
Reply

mary

Posted by: mary
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

mary says: I do NOT buy any "home" brands. They are owned by monopolies that actually run our country from petrol to food. I also try not to purchase petrol at Coles or Woolworth stations. I believe in the "little" person and want my money to keep them in business. If stores like IGA, Ritchies etc do not have the items I want I
try to use my imagination and have an alternative I can use. Thank you for the opportunity to voice my opinion. Reply

mary

Posted by: mary
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

mary says: I do NOT buy any "home" brands. They are owned by monopolies that actually run our country from petrol to food. I also try not to purchase petrol at Coles or Woolworth stations. I believe in the "little" person and want my money to keep them in business. If stores like IGA, Ritchies etc do not have the items I want I
try to use my imagination and have an alternative I can use. Thank you for the opportunity to voice my opinion. Mary L Reply

Violetpatricia

Posted by: Violetpatricia
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

Violetpatricia says: The firdst thing I look at is where the product is made. If it is not made in Australia I do not buy. Reply

jude21

Posted by: jude21
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

jude21 says: I used to work in a food factory that made well known brands and home brands for stores as well. All we did was change the packaging not the product itself when we made the home brands. The company didn't make them for profit as there was little in it but it was better than another rival company getting that share of the market instead. I think that it is mainly psychological that people think that as its cheaper, it must be an inferior product.I always buy home brands and can not tell the difference in most cases. Reply

shaper

Posted by: shaper
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

shaper says: I do use some homebrand products as they are less expensive, but I always have to check as I have found that sometimes they are more expensive than the names item. I find that if I stick to the homebrand items that cannot be altered ttoo much like paper-towels or toilet rolls and such like they are useful and cheaper. Reply

feefee

Posted by: feefee
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

feefee says: Coles are the worst culprit for stocking 90% homebrand products. They are not Australian made. The only thing that is a "'local'' product is the packaging. I used to be a homebrand shopper but now I always go for the named brands. Reply

Blossom

Posted by: Blossom
Posted: 10th Feb 2015

feefee says: Coles are the worst culprit for stocking 90% homebrand products. They are not Australian made. The only thing that is a "'local'' product is the packaging. I used to be a homebrand shopper but now...

Blossom says: A lot of their products are Australian Made. They are made by manufacturers of big name national companies and on the same machinery. In some cases there may be a different ratio of the ingredients. e.g. A couple I know both worked for a company in Adelaide (in fact I live across the road from their original factory was) that processed and packed dried fruit. One of them was in Quality Control. The generic brands have a different ratio of fruit in them.
Reply

Sheree

Posted by: Sheree
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

Sheree says: In most cases Home Brands are ok. It is just the few where you get what you pay for. I havnt bought home brand biscuits in a long time, maybe they have got better? Reply

beavis

Posted by: beavis
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

beavis says: I don't mind some home brand items on the shelves but I still want to have the choice of whether I wish to purchase them or not. In some instances we are now not given a choice and a lot of the regular brands that we know and love are slowly disappearing. My concern with a lot of these home brands is where the good is sourced from. If it is Australian I am OK with it but otherwise, I am not a fan. Reply

mumtime

Posted by: mumtime
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

mumtime says: Our shelves at Woolworths are overrun with homebrand products. A lot of the branded products I used to buy are no longer available in our local store and because we live 3 hours (one way) from the city centre, I stock up when I go there. They seem to think that because we live in the country they can have a monopoly over branded products. I do use some of them, but most of them cannot compete quality wise with a branded product. Reply

chameli

Posted by: chameli
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

chameli says: Reply

Bel

Posted by: Bel
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

Bel says: I do buy alot of homebrand products anyway (as I find most are comparitive for quality and usually cheaper)... however I will say the "brand name' items I do purchase are getting a bit 'lost' on the shelf and are getting harder to find... Reply

clutterbug

Posted by: clutterbug
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

clutterbug says: Yes, there are definitely more home brands and less named brands at my local supermarket. I think the thing I resent the most about this is that my right to decide is being eroded. On the whole I prefer named brands because I believe the quality is better a lot of times. I also feel strongly that I need to support independent producers. They are slowly being forced out of the market by the big 2, and then we end up with no competition and a monopoly. Reply

Nancy

Posted by: Nancy
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

Nancy says: I avoid buying "home brands" everytime I find my favourite brand is missing. The self raising Flour that I had used for many years has completely left the shelves. I was devestated that something I relied on heavily was not available. Therefore I have had to change to another brand which has a reputable name.I certainly do not feel as confident with my cooking as I used to be in the past. Hopefully this one will stay around because I refuse to settle for the "no name". Reply

sandy

Posted by: sandy
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

sandy says: There are more home brands on the shelf and I am concerned when buying for the first time if they are as good as the name brand? Also if the ingredients are as natural as some named brands. Also I like to know I am purchasing Australian made products and this all takes time when you need to check where as you may already know a named brand you've used before is an Australian product. Reply

J9

Posted by: J9
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

J9 says: I think home brands are just as good as name brands in most things. Canned items seem to be an exception to this and I find they tend to be of a poorer quality in taste and value for money. Loo paper in home brand doesn't really work out cheaper either as you use more because its only one ply. Margarine, milk and even bread are all just as good and heaps cheaper. I haven't really noticed anything missing but now I'll be keeping my eye out. Reply

flower

Posted by: flower
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

flower says: yes I think they are as good as brand names, particularly products such as sugar, flour, etc. Reply

mismoo

Posted by: mismoo
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

mismoo says: Well I'll be honest. I'm a snob when it comes to shopping. I'll Homebrand eg: Woolworths Select for some items such as toilet paper, tissues and throw away items but for foodstuffs I mainly stick to brand name if I can. On the odd and I mean odd occasion I'll buy a Select Brand from Woolworths but never from Coles or Aldi . Reply

janet

Posted by: janet
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

janet says: I have discovered a nice cerial in the coles brand that is cheaper than the name brand and is the exact some cerial. Reply

chips48

Posted by: chips48
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

chips48 says: I have yet to discover a home-brand product that come anywhere near as good as brand name products. It really annoys me when you go to buy something you've bought for 20 years or more, and suddenly it's no longer available and there is a home-brand product in its place. The home brand products should be an extra product to choose from, not a replacement for something that is iconic and has been around for ages and ages. Reply

Mersie

Posted by: Mersie
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

Mersie says: It all depends what your buying,things like sugar, flour, eggs, milk, and a lot of others are ok, but I would never buy cereal, and spagetti and baked beans seem to have a lot of sauce and not much else, but it just depends, I like quality ice cream eg Bulla, but cheese and cream in home brand is ok. So much of a much Reply

s

Posted by: s
Posted: 27th Mar 2013

s says: I try to purchase Australian brands only. But branded food is a better quality I have found over the years. You pay for quality!!!
I have found that the supermarket brands have their homebrand and another brand so sometimes they have two supermarket brands that is why there is more supermarket branded stock on the shelf. Reply

chemosa

Posted by: chemosa
Posted: 28th Mar 2013

chemosa says: Having in the past worked for one of the two major supermarkets, as a Night Manager.

I am fully aware, of what stock is delivered, and the fact is generic products are delivered on the same palates as their NAME siblings.

My understanding is that the generic products are for the most part identical, except for minor imperfections, such as appearance, or packaging.

Consumable products may not have the full compliment of ingredients, but are always safe to eat, and in some cases, depending on personal preferance, better tasting.

One example of my personal taste, is Choc Chip Cookies, I find the generic more appealing than the Name product.

Another example for those with pets, is that the matket is dominated by very few Manufacturers, and the perception of a better quality product may well be, because of the packaging.

Simply, don't show your pet the packaging.

Washing Detergents etc, are the same.

I suggest blind testing, and if you cannot tell the difference, buy the cheapest.

As for items disappearing off shelves, probably because they cannot compete against identical products, sold more economically.

Don't let snobbery, cost you money, if it tastes good, works well, and satisfies it's purpose, buy the cheapest.

Five star restaurants, don't show you what ingredients they are are using. Reply

chemosa

Posted by: chemosa
Posted: 28th Mar 2013

chemosa says: Having in the past worked for one of the two major supermarkets, as a Night Manager.

I am fully aware, of what stock is delivered, and the fact is generic products are delivered on the same palates as their NAME siblings.

My understanding is that the generic products are for the most part identical, except for minor imperfections, such as appearance, or packaging.

Consumable products may not have the full compliment of ingredients, but are always safe to eat, and in some cases, depending on personal preferance, better tasting.

One example of my personal taste, is Choc Chip Cookies, I find the generic more appealing than the Name product.

Another example for those with pets, is that the matket is dominated by very few Manufacturers, and the perception of a better quality product may well be, because of the packaging.

Simply, don't show your pet the packaging.

Washing Detergents etc, are the same.

I suggest blind testing, and if you cannot tell the difference, buy the cheapest.

As for items disappearing off shelves, probably because they cannot compete against identical products, sold more economically.

Don't let snobbery, cost you money, if it tastes good, works well, and satisfies it's purpose, buy the cheapest.

Five star restaurants, don't show you what ingredients they are are using. Reply

Magus

Posted by: Magus
Posted: 28th Mar 2013

Magus says: I have tried the Home Brand several times and just recently I bought the Select version of the Crunchie Nut cornflakes and was disappointed again. I am on a pension and am always looking for the cheeper alternative, however I am usually disappointed and revert to the Name Brand. Reply

Jan

Posted by: Jan
Posted: 28th Mar 2013

Jan says: I am getting increasingly fed up with the proliferation of home brands. I refuse to buy them on principle. It was ok years ago when they were just a cheaper alternative for the basics like sugar, flour etc. Now the home brands are definitely pushing the named brands off the shelves. If not disappearing altogether, they are being forced to narrow their range to be competitive. Also I dislike the sneaky way the home brands go about it by using the same colours, designs etc as the named brands so that sometimes you actually buy them by mistake. I don't really care if the quality is as good, it's the whole underhanded way of doing it that irks me. Reply

nuga

Posted by: nuga
Posted: 29th Mar 2013

nuga says: yr Reply

vince89

Posted by: vince89
Posted: 29th Mar 2013

vince89 says: I think home brand is a good brand in the market to cater to wide variety of needs and it produces affordable, decent quality products that are cheaper than name brands. However, there is the occasional loss of that unique, personal touch that is provided by name brands. Therefore, there should be a fair balance between home brand products and name brands in the market. Reply

Cornelia

Posted by: Cornelia
Posted: 30th Mar 2013

Cornelia says: The normal home brands ingredients are usually of poor quality, and compromise the quality of the final product/meal you have made.I find "Select" home brands products are of good quality, but I still prefer buying named brands. Reply

Anet

Posted by: Anet
Posted: 30th Mar 2013

Anet says: Have you now notice how the home brand products are now using nearly the same packaging to the brand products?
It is quiet annoying there is a less amount of variety to choose from now off the shelves these days. Reply

Ally21

Posted by: Ally21
Posted: 30th Mar 2013

Ally21 says: I prefer home brand in everything except toilet paper, washing powder and fabric softener. It's cheaper to buy home brand and tastes the same as the other brands. Reply

shorty12

Posted by: shorty12
Posted: 30th Mar 2013

shorty12 says: the home brands are no were near as good as named brands because they completely change the product Reply

Rach1807

Posted by: Rach1807
Posted: 31st Mar 2013

Rach1807 says: I have not noticed any brands that are no longer available in my supermarket. Instead, there has been an increase in "hombrands" on the shelves. I think these are just as good as the named brands, not only because they are generally of the same quality, but they are also cheaper. This makes them a suitable product for the average family home on a budget. Reply

Ness76

Posted by: Ness76
Posted: 31st Mar 2013

Ness76 says: YES , THere are items in certain brands that i got on a regular basis and now I cant find them. I have been forced to purchase the more expensive brand.
I am a regular shopper of no name brands. I try everything once and if its tasteless I move up to the next cheapest item similar. I am all about keeping money in my pocket as I have four children so I simply cant afford name brands. They would easly add no less than $50 to my fortnight bill. Reply

dianridge

Posted by: dianridge
Posted: 1st Apr 2013

dianridge says: home brand products are ok.I was told sometime ago when a family memeber used to work for franklins was given a list of no name products owned by franklins were actually last production line from areas like edgells, golden circle, etc
I was amazed by the list Reply

JaiCopelin

Posted by: JaiCopelin
Posted: 1st Apr 2013

JaiCopelin says: I think that when it comes to breakfast it is most important meal of the day, so therefore I think that breakfast should be good quality. when it comes to home brands and normal brands it is simple u just have to look what is in it because I may be cheaper but there might be a bit more nasties in it. Reply

taracharles

Posted by: taracharles
Posted: 1st Apr 2013

taracharles says: in my opinion it is a 50/50 chance of getting same quality to worse quality since I buy a lot of home brand I find certin items are not as good though the chances of the product that is homebrand being used with imported products or gmo products is a higher risk. Reply

loveme21

Posted by: loveme21
Posted: 1st Apr 2013

loveme21 says: I love home brand a lot cheaper and still great Reply

davo55

Posted by: davo55
Posted: 2nd Apr 2013

davo55 says: i must say that sum home brands are ok but most times i like to buy name brands Reply

Meg-an

Posted by: Meg-an
Posted: 2nd Apr 2013

Meg-an says: You have to experiment with brands, some homebrands are the real deal you are just saving a heck of money! Whereas sometimes you get that nasty, you know it was worth the amount you paid for. I never put my nose up to home brands I love a good deal and I am not going to waste more money on something just because it "looks" nicer. Reply

Meg-an

Posted by: Meg-an
Posted: 2nd Apr 2013

Meg-an says: You have to experiment with brands, some homebrands are the real deal you are just saving a heck of money! Whereas sometimes you get that nasty, you know it was worth the amount you paid for. I never put my nose up to home brands I love a good deal and I am not going to waste more money on something just because it "looks" nicer. Reply

Cappy

Posted by: Cappy
Posted: 3rd Apr 2013

Cappy says: Home brands have been around for some time. Once you've learnt which ones are good, you can generally stick with them. Reply

t dog

Posted by: t dog
Posted: 5th Apr 2013

t dog says: i dont like the homebrand they r cheap and dont taste to good.at coles and wooles now they have move homebrand and r making us buy what thay supply which is ony a few ranges,they dont give you any choices anymore. Reply

rd

Posted by: rd
Posted: 6th Apr 2013

rd says: There are quite a number of home brands that are ok, although it is a bit dissapointing when a brand disappears off the shelf that I have bought / used before for many years. I believe the main supermarkets in this country are pushing for their home brand label and eventually will most probably not stock many of the other brands as we are already seeing. Hence thats why a cheaper price is tagged on their home brand items so the consumer will try them being more affordable to many people / families - my concern although is that if many of the other brands eventually come off their shelves that perhaps we all will be paying a higher price for their home brand products in the future giving us not much choice but to buy only their brand. Reply

rodz

Posted by: rodz
Posted: 6th Apr 2013

rodz says: home brand is cheap ,named brands are quality for money not value for money Reply

Babs

Posted by: Babs
Posted: 6th Apr 2013

Babs says: I don't like the way that our favourite brands are disappearing off the shelves in preference for the home brands. I think both should be on the shelves otherwise we will lose the favourite brands altogether. Reply

dee

Posted by: dee
Posted: 8th Apr 2013

dee says: I am sure that home brands are ok the ones like coco pops, cornflakes, breakfast bricks etc are'nt as nice as the brand ones. But saying that I love the homebrand museli that I buy from coles. it is cheaper and tastes must nice than any of the brand items that I have tried before Reply

Ashar

Posted by: Ashar
Posted: 8th Apr 2013

Ashar says: I never buy home brands most of which are imports and the quality not as good as Australian product. If we are to have a food processing industry in this country people should support the industry by only buying name branded products that are Australian made. Reply

SOCK

Posted by: SOCK
Posted: 8th Apr 2013

SOCK says: Reply

Francisco

Posted by: Francisco
Posted: 8th Apr 2013

Francisco says: i have found a lot of the home brands to be of excellent quality, unfortunately we have 2 major companies ie Coles and Woolworths that have too much influence and slowly removing other brands.
Reply

Mish71

Posted by: Mish71
Posted: 8th Apr 2013

Mish71 says: I have no problem with most home brand items but my fussy partner like name brand only. Reply

Vancos

Posted by: Vancos
Posted: 9th Apr 2013

Vancos says: Mostly buying home brands Reply

Amybubs1987

Posted by: Amybubs1987
Posted: 9th Apr 2013

Amybubs1987 says: Home brand products can sometimes be better than the named brand products but in some cases it is far worse tasting or far worse usability.

These days it's getting harder to save, so I prefer to buy home brand products to save money and you get use to them after a while. Reply

heeleen

Posted by: heeleen
Posted: 9th Apr 2013

heeleen says: I buy some things in home brand, they are usually just as good, sometimes not so good, I find at the moment it seems the price between homebrand and name brand is rising and at times there is really no more than a few cents between them, which is pretty sneaky if you ask me as I always thought homebrand was supposed to be way cheaper. Reply

emaddison

Posted by: emaddison
Posted: 9th Apr 2013

emaddison says: Honestly, every single home brand i have bought has been good quality.
I feel buying name brands is really just buying the name, i dont feel the need to go all out and spend ridiculous amount on money on name brands if the quality is no better. Reply

Fran77

Posted by: Fran77
Posted: 9th Apr 2013

Fran77 says: I have tried many home brands,some are O.K. but I still prefer to pay the extra and get the named brand. Reply

Emilyyates

Posted by: Emilyyates
Posted: 10th Apr 2013

Emilyyates says: i think home brands are just as good as the brand named foods, sometimes you can get homebrands which have an obvious differnce in taste to the brand named food, however mostly they are the better cheaper option for families on a budget. Reply

rennie

Posted by: rennie
Posted: 10th Apr 2013

rennie says: I am not normally a home brand shopper, they have taken over too much of the market and our local producers/growers are missing out badly. I always check country of origin, local/imported products, ingredients then compare and make my purchase. 90% of the time I would end up choosing Australian Made over any homebrand including Coles/Woolworth brands. It seems it's all about the money. Reply

jinkazama

Posted by: jinkazama
Posted: 10th Apr 2013

jinkazama says: Yes there are more and more home brands now ,as supermarkets wont to introduce up to and possible exceeding 80% of their stores lines to home brands. .Simply to increase their bottom line. Reply

Kathryn.l1992

Posted by: Kathryn.l1992
Posted: 10th Apr 2013

Kathryn.l1992 says: I was brought up with mostly brand name products but with increase of home brand products I have gained a liking to some of the home brand products. not only are they cheaper but have the same quality. Reply

Anna9

Posted by: Anna9
Posted: 12th Apr 2013

Anna9 says: I think home brands are as good as the named brands, and they are cheaper, so I would like to choose home brands things. Reply

froggy56

Posted by: froggy56
Posted: 13th Apr 2013

froggy56 says: I'm happy with most generic brands.
Sometimes there is a slight drop in quality, especially with tinned vegetables and fruits.
With other foods, I can't say that I've noticed a difference, or one worth worrying about. Reply

Chewie

Posted by: Chewie
Posted: 16th Apr 2013

Chewie says: I find most Aldi brands very good or better in comparison to regular brands and cheaper. Reply

Big Bird

Posted by: Big Bird
Posted: 16th Apr 2013

Big Bird says: Home Brand, because they both would have the exact same ingredients and same quality. Reply

goggo

Posted by: goggo
Posted: 16th Apr 2013

goggo says: Surprisingly and unfortunately Coles/woolworth brands are usually some what up there with brand names. Also I miss Norfolk punch...and In a particular coles near where I live All mineral water brands seemed to be replaced by coles brands which is really scary for the market place. Reply

goggo

Posted by: goggo
Posted: 16th Apr 2013

goggo says: Surprisingly and unfortunately Coles/woolworth brands are usually some what up there with brand names. Also I miss Norfolk punch...and In a particular coles near where I live All mineral water brands seemed to be replaced by coles brands which is really scary for the market place. Reply

CathY

Posted by: CathY
Posted: 17th Apr 2013

CathY says: I am a chef by trade and I absolutely do not agree with supermarkets taking away my right to choose and buy items that most often are far better quality than home brand products. Yes, there is a minimal amount of home brand items I will use but not many. It is the fact that my right to choose is decision that has been gradually decreasing. Reply

mubi

Posted by: mubi
Posted: 17th Apr 2013

mubi says: After using a particular home brands we develop a certain kind of mind satisfaction with it.
So I think a named brand will not achieve that level of satisfaction we used to have for home brands.
But with time we get used to it. Reply

jblow51

Posted by: jblow51
Posted: 18th Apr 2013

jblow51 says: A lot of Home Brands are Ok but it is a 'try it and see' situation because some of them are very ordinary when it comes to flavour and quality. Reply

Debbie1

Posted by: Debbie1
Posted: 18th Apr 2013

Debbie1 says: Majority are ok they still come from we'll known makers just different packaging Reply

Oscar61

Posted by: Oscar61
Posted: 19th Apr 2013

Oscar61 says: I purchase mainly homebrand products as much cheaper the only product i buy that is not homebrand is butte Reply

Oscar61

Posted by: Oscar61
Posted: 19th Apr 2013

Oscar61 says: Will purrchase anyhing honebrand as cheaper except butter Reply

Kat2013

Posted by: Kat2013
Posted: 19th Apr 2013

Kat2013 says: I have found that the 'branded' items have lost a lot of shelf presence against many homebrands, e.g. confectionery and cereals, however I am still able to find the branded items if I look hard enough. There are many items I will continue to buy the branded version and not the cheaper substitute, particularly because often the price difference is not that great, however there are some items that I feel are just as good, branded or homebranded. I won't sacrifice quality for a cheaper product and to save a few cents Reply

Kat2013

Posted by: Kat2013
Posted: 19th Apr 2013

Kat2013 says: I have found that the 'branded' items have lost a lot of shelf presence against many homebrands, e.g. confectionery and cereals, however I am still able to find the branded items if I look hard enough. There are many items I will continue to buy the branded version and not the cheaper substitute, particularly because often the price difference is not that great, however there are some items that I feel are just as good, branded or homebranded. I won't sacrifice quality for a cheaper product and to save a few cents Reply

Vibes

Posted by: Vibes
Posted: 20th Apr 2013

Vibes says: Dick Smith did warn us more than ten years ago that this was going to happen. Soon there will be around three product types ( No name - Select - Premium.) The pruducts we have all growen up on will eventually disappear as im sure you have noticed. fathers favorite sauce made a come back but my arnotts morning coffee seems elusive Reply

jacko93

Posted by: jacko93
Posted: 21st Apr 2013

jacko93 says: Yes there are plenty of brands that have just disappeared from the shelves, I prefer the original product instead of homebrand overseas products Reply

jacko93

Posted by: jacko93
Posted: 21st Apr 2013

jacko93 says: Yes there are plenty of brands that have just disappeared from the shelves, I prefer the original product instead of homebrand overseas products Reply

gennyeve

Posted by: gennyeve
Posted: 21st Apr 2013

gennyeve says: I dont like 'Home Brands' as I feel that they are putting smaller buisnesses out of work and I dont think the quality is as high. Still, it is a lot cheaper and for families who have low income its a great substitiution Reply

abhorrentme

Posted by: abhorrentme
Posted: 21st Apr 2013

abhorrentme says: It really is hit and miss with Home brand vs name brand! A large percent of home brand are exactly the same and perform the same the name brands but then there are some that are cheap and nasty! It is all up to trial and error! Reply

Bobster

Posted by: Bobster
Posted: 21st Apr 2013

Bobster says: I believe that home brand is actually more worthwhile and affordable compared to named brands especially when it comes to families. Although the quality may be slightly lowered in certain cases such as cereals and snacks, it is quite valued and affordable. Reply

Ornum

Posted by: Ornum
Posted: 21st Apr 2013

Ornum says: Well there are but I have grown accustomed to similar products that are available and make do with them.
The home brands can be just as good or better in some cases and are normally a cheaper product.
Or they can lack the quality that you desire on occasion.
Not really most have been substituted with a similar product that is a cheaper option.
Reply

R.J's King

Posted by: R.J's King
Posted: 22nd Apr 2013

R.J's King says: it depends sometime there just as good and sometime not but you can be sure there never better than the original Reply

Roshao

Posted by: Roshao
Posted: 22nd Apr 2013

Roshao says: I don't normally buy home brand until one day my sister introduced to me a home brand she bought and she said the quality is good. I tried it a couple of times and realized that the home brand was that bad. But most of the time I still buy named brand. I feel like I more trust it even sometime the products are not very good, and then I change to another named brand. Reply

Roshao

Posted by: Roshao
Posted: 22nd Apr 2013

Roshao says: I don't normally buy home brand products until one day my sister introduced a home brand tissue to me. She said it is very good quality and cheap. So I tried it and I just realized that home brand was that bad. I bought a couple of times and now I'm still use named brand because they are always have a special time. So the price is little higher than home brand. I feel more trust named brand even some of them are not really good and I just change to another named brand. Reply

R.J's King

Posted by: R.J's King
Posted: 22nd Apr 2013

R.J's King says: I think it really depends so can be of equal quietly but most home brands can't compete with name brands for example I couldn't find the strawberry jam I normally get so I thought I'd try a home brand it was a lot cheaper but the quality wasn't up to scratch I still ate it and I didn't regret buying it but I decided I wouldn't buy it again on the other end of the scale I saw some super fancy jam on sale and thought I'd give it a try I found the quality was great the best jam I have ever had it had 55% real fruit compered to the home brand which only had 30% real fruit on the other hand the fancy stuff was about 3 time the price of the home brand so I think it's real up to you is the quality worth the price you decide Reply

Sharlene

Posted by: Sharlene
Posted: 26th Apr 2013

Sharlene says: Name Brands are the go! they are different and original in flavour and priced reasonably. Which makes them popular and have a long shelf life. Homebrand doesn't come close to the real thing theyre a cheaper copy cat version of the real brand that even the poorest person wouldn't prefer. Reply

Eugine

Posted by: Eugine
Posted: 27th Apr 2013

Eugine says: I buy home brands that are products of Australia or at least made in Australia.
Many brand name products come from overseas so i don't buy them.
Cost is not important if I am supporting Australian groqwers and manufacturers. Reply

kiwimac

Posted by: kiwimac
Posted: 28th Apr 2013

kiwimac says: I agree, some home brands are indistinguishable from the home brands but others! Home brand / budget tinned spaghetti is an example, It is perfectly horrid. Reply

Michelle

Posted by: Michelle
Posted: 30th Apr 2013

Michelle says: I had worked in a cereal factory and the cereal in some sort of cereal is exactly the same product !! The machines are stopped boxes changed and started up again . One selling for $6 one selling $2 exactly the same product . Reply

Kimbo

Posted by: Kimbo
Posted: 1st May 2013

Kimbo says: I never used to use homebrand, but now I will use homebrand a lot more, depending on what I am using it for. Yes you can get unlucky and have a bad product, but mostly homebrand are quite good Reply

Greenleaf

Posted by: Greenleaf
Posted: 2nd May 2013

Greenleaf says: The evolution of the home brand products is a deliberate rip off aimed to eliminate or reduce market share of higher quality brand name products for the profiteering by supermarkets and the reduction in profits for farmers and input suppliers. This has been happening for many years. One personal example for instance: For many years I regularly bought Edgell canned mushrooms from my local Coles supermarket. This brand had three facings and was priced at around $1.15 for the small tin. One day I noticed it had risen in price to $1.25, then to $1.31 but there appeared on the shelf right next to it a 'Coles' tin of similar mushrooms for 98c. I have worked in supermarkets for a number of years and I could see that eventually the Edgell brand would slowly rise in price, have reduced shelf spacings and eventually be replaced by the 'Coles' brand. Sure enough, the Edgell mushrooms disappeared over several months only to be replaced by the 'Coles' brand but, at the Edgell price of $1.31. I think now it is around $1.50. This is only one example of the con that is happening in Coles and Woolies outlets I visit and it is happening on a large scale. IT is purely a con and consumers are possibly not aware of this blatant rip off. The quality is rarely the same, and now the choices are being eliminated. I refuse to buy the home brand products, purely on the basis that competition is being squeezed out and companies are going out of business, with many people losing their long term jobs because of this greedy ploy by the duopoly, which we have to put up with in this country. It is about time the ACCC got some teeth and did a better job of protecting the consumer, but more particularly the manufacturers of this country. A lot of the raw materials for home branded goods are being sourced from overseas which also, does not support our local farmers. Reply

Greenleaf

Posted by: Greenleaf
Posted: 2nd May 2013

Greenleaf says: The evolution of the home brand products is a deliberate rip off aimed to eliminate or reduce market share of higher quality brand name products for the profiteering by supermarkets and the reduction in profits for farmers and input suppliers. This has been happening for many years. One personal example for instance: For many years I regularly bought Edgell canned mushrooms from my local Coles supermarket. This brand had three facings and was priced at around $1.15 for the small tin. One day I noticed it had risen in price to $1.25, then to $1.31 but there appeared on the shelf right next to it a 'Coles' tin of similar mushrooms for 98c. I have worked in supermarkets for a number of years and I could see that eventually the Edgell brand would slowly rise in price, have reduced shelf spacings and eventually be replaced by the 'Coles' brand. Sure enough, the Edgell mushrooms disappeared over several months only to be replaced by the 'Coles' brand but, at the Edgell price of $1.31. I think now it is around $1.50. This is only one example of the con that is happening in Coles and Woolies outlets I visit and it is happening on a large scale. IT is purely a con and consumers are possibly not aware of this blatant rip off. The quality is rarely the same, and now the choices are being eliminated. I refuse to buy the home brand products, purely on the basis that competition is being squeezed out and companies are going out of business, with many people losing their long term jobs because of this greedy ploy by the duopoly, which we have to put up with in this country. It is about time the ACCC got some teeth and did a better job of protecting the consumer, but more particularly the manufacturers of this country. A lot of the raw materials for home branded goods are being sourced from overseas which also, does not support our local farmers. Reply

AJ24

Posted by: AJ24
Posted: 2nd May 2013

AJ24 says: well most home brand food are not to tastey but wen u get the good brands they taste better so u buy what u get realy
Reply

littletoot

Posted by: littletoot
Posted: 2nd May 2013

littletoot says: Whilst some home brand items are of a similar quality as branded produce. I have yet to find a home branded product that is better than a well known brand. Coles and Woolworths have definitely become a retail dulopoly, forcing small supermarkets to bankruptcy or at the very least to financially struggle to maintain competitiveness. With their homebrand goods they are now also forcing local producers and manufactures to the wall so that they can make bigger profits and control the manufacturing arms as well. None of the strategies of Coles or Woolworths are done with the best interest of anyone else but themselves. They sell imported items disguised as Australian made, because the box is packaged here. Now I notice they are almost replicating the better brands packaging to get shoppers to pick up home brands by accident, not to be noticed till the shopper gets home. The products look the same and have similar packaging and are intentionall placed on the some shelf alongside the branded product.As much as possible I try to buy the original product if it is made locally or in Australia in the hope that more businesses do not go broke because of the unethical practices of Coles and Woolworths. I have a very low income and can ill afford to do this, but I feel better knowing I have done as much as I can to support original brans. others may say it is a waste of time or that it is inevitable that all other manufacturers will eventually go, but I will know at the end of the day thatI did what I could to support the local businesses. I still don't understand how Coles and Woolworths have managed to get away with what they do. Any other company would have been strangled by law suits. Reply

matt26

Posted by: matt26
Posted: 5th May 2013

matt26 says: In general I am not a fan of "home brands", I guess it is mostly because you tend to grow up with favourite/traditional brands like Kellog's etc and it becomes ingrained in you to keep doing it.

I think one of the reason home brand items are a turn off is because of the plain packaging - it is almost as though certain contents or in fact the appearance of the product is trying to be hidden.

I think in general I like to visualise what I am going to do (eg if baking, cooking etc) and I have always preferred the tried and tested products that I know will work out how I want them to. Reply

Chels

Posted by: Chels
Posted: 6th May 2013

Chels says: I think home brank products are just as good as the named brand products. A lot of the time they actually have less sugar content in them aswell. Obviously there are reputable named brand products that people are always going to keep buying, but I think for products such as pasta, flour, etc, there is notthing wrong with buying home brand. Reply

Ashar

Posted by: Ashar
Posted: 7th May 2013

Ashar says: Yes, many the variety of brands has declined and been replaced by home brands on supermarket shelves. I would never buy home brands as the quality is not as good and most of the home brands are imported product. I no longer see Huggies fabric softener, Top Taste cakes, Rosella sauces and condiments. PMU soups, Harpers spices, Golden Circle jams, Wimmers softdrinks, Scotts insect spray, just to name a few that are no longer in my local supermarket. Reply

Rawnak

Posted by: Rawnak
Posted: 9th May 2013

Rawnak says: The home brands are not always good but they are much cheaper than the named brands and I think the quality is more or less the same so I usually buy the home brands Reply

spellman

Posted by: spellman
Posted: 9th May 2013

spellman says: ive recently discovered that aldi brands really are just fine instead of real normal brands, they really do do the job just right Reply

Maymia

Posted by: Maymia
Posted: 10th May 2013

Maymia says: I buy both of home brand and named brand. Some home brand products are good but named brand might have more quality than home brand. It depend on products. Reply

Ingi

Posted by: Ingi
Posted: 11th May 2013

Ingi says: Some home brands like Woolworths individual packets of porridge in assorted flavours, I was surprised thought I would try them for a change as the Uncle Toby's was a lot dearer and I wanted a change in flavours, I found the home brand in porridge was very nice, because I cook porridge just for myself, hubby normally has eggs for breakfast; when the kids were small I would buy the named brands good old fashioned porridge that you cooked in a saucepan on the stove, nowadays the small package for one in the microwave is very nice indeed. It takes me 2 to 3 hours to shop in Woolworths (or Coles) because I read all the labels, try to buy Australian produce but that is not always possible, "packed in Australia from Australian and imported produce'' really puts the wind up me, everything nowadays is Money, Money, not happy with millions they want billions. Take me back to the good old days 50 years ago when one knew what you bought, were it came from and where it was manufactured, nowadays with a lot of things they say made in NZ but they don't mention that it came from China first, only packed in NZ, false advertising and I will not buy frozen vegies or any food from China. What happened to the good old days of Aussie foods? Reply

kazza1

Posted by: kazza1
Posted: 11th May 2013

kazza1 says: my children loved the petits filous yogurts that we used to buy at Woolworths and Coles. They were a good size and had a little picture under the lid. Other brands are just too big and they don't have the excitement of the little picture under the lid. Reply

Joed

Posted by: Joed
Posted: 13th May 2013

Joed says: Yes I feel that with todays economy we do need Home Brands which are not too bad for some products but certain products I wouldn't buy them in Reply

osbar

Posted by: osbar
Posted: 13th May 2013

osbar says: Having worked in a factory that produced unbranded items I know that it is actually a Brand Item but with a bigger margin of Specs. I do not have a problem with cheese, milk,eggs, salsa and taco mix in a no name as I am mixing other items with it but I dont use no name fish, cat food,bread, vegies as I realise the specs are different in these items and there could be a problem Reply

vixen

Posted by: vixen
Posted: 16th May 2013

vixen says: i dont mind some home brand stuff but i do love uncle tobys oats, wheeties flakes and coco bombs i think brand names taste better but are less good for you. Reply

Sassy

Posted by: Sassy
Posted: 21st May 2013

Sassy says: Here in NZ they did a shopping survey to find products made and sourced in NZ. Well it was very interesting. The trolley was almost empty once they reached the counter and was an eye opener to me as the consumer. Now I regularly read the contents and where they are sourced. Home brand has become a popular buy in my house. At least most ingredients are sourced either here or in Australia and the quality is on a par with labelled brands. End of the day yes some products you cant beat that are labelled for quality BUT for everyday products like milk , butter etc home brand wins out every time in my house hold :-) Reply

bat2001

Posted by: bat2001
Posted: 4th Dec 2013

bat2001 says: There are a couple of home brand products I buy, but with most foods I stick to brand name products, most home brand foods feel like they are missing something that is really necessary. Reply

xXxDamageProxXx

Posted by: xXxDamageProxXx
Posted: 22nd Jan 2014

xXxDamageProxXx says: I think sometimes people get sick of the same brands and like others like to move onto a different type of brand and try their products. Because of this issue the company will no long make that type of product and will make another product that everyone will try. With the word 'Home brand' makes people think of the product in a different way to the others, and most of the time the 'Home Brand' contains less sugars and fats than the other brands plus Home Brand will cost cheaper. But in the end brand of products don't stay on shelves forever, sooner or later people aren't going to buy their product, as the saying goes 'Out with old, in with the new.' Reply

xXxDamageProxXx

Posted by: xXxDamageProxXx
Posted: 22nd Jan 2014

xXxDamageProxXx says: I think sometimes people get sick of the same brands and like others like to move onto a different type of brand and try their products. Because of this issue the company will no long make that type of product and will make another product that everyone will try. With the word 'Home brand' makes people think of the product in a different way to the others, and most of the time the 'Home Brand' contains less sugars and fats than the other brands plus Home Brand will cost cheaper. But in the end brand of products don't stay on shelves forever, sooner or later people aren't going to buy their product, as the saying goes 'Out with old, in with the new.' Reply

Jonda

Posted by: Jonda
Posted: 23rd Jan 2014

Jonda says: I have always held the opinion that Home Brands are the final products of leftovers after the Name Brands are made. They taste obnoxious to say the least.
I believe home brands are an absolute poor substitute for the named brands. They are cheap because they are of sub-standard quality.
Please, refil the shelves with something fit for human usage and consumption. Reply

todski

Posted by: todski
Posted: 23rd Jan 2014

todski says: I buy Coles everything, don't notice the difference Reply

ellaregee

Posted by: ellaregee
Posted: 25th Jan 2014

ellaregee says: I think Home brand is ok depending on what it is your buying, food isn't always the best but cleaning product, tissues, animal food etc is all pretty okay :) Reply

Blossom

Posted by: Blossom
Posted: 25th Jan 2014

Blossom says: So many companies' ownership has changed and brand names changed with them that is hard to keep up with. e.g. some products that were labelled Heinz are now labelled Wattie.
Home Brand or Generic Brand as some know them are made by manufacturers who make then Name Brands. There may be a different ratio of ingredients in some of them. The containers, especially those packed in glass or plastic are often very similar. We try the Generic brand items once. If we don't like them we don't buy them again. Please bear in Mind that .Woolworths private label is actually called Home Brand. Reply

Trixiejulie

Posted by: Trixiejulie
Posted: 26th Jan 2014

Trixiejulie says: I have tried a lot of home brand and for me it is cheaper and they are good as well it is just the name that we pay for these name brand in my opinion the quality of home brand is the same to name brand Reply

Trixiejulie

Posted by: Trixiejulie
Posted: 26th Jan 2014

Trixiejulie says: I have tried a lot of home brand and for me it is cheaper and they are good as well it is just the name that we pay for these name brand in my opinion the quality of home brand is the same to name brand Reply

kreative

Posted by: kreative
Posted: 26th Jan 2014

kreative says: I am concerned that the brands are being phased out that I won't have the choice. Home brands in some things are certainly okay and I buy them but some have higher sodium or sugar or thickeners, unhealthy oils etc.. As the brands are deleted, so do my options. This is important to me as I struggle with allergies and intolerances so it can be hard enough to find options but with no choice but home brands, I am going to find this even harder. I am also concerned with GMO's. Altered foods are the biggest ones I react to. Also, once the brands are gone, what will happen to the prices then? They will sky rocket. I am also concerned with the generics where the farmer gets bullied out of a fair deal. There needs to be a balance.
Reply

Tayla1235

Posted by: Tayla1235
Posted: 28th Jan 2014

Tayla1235 says: Yesterday at my local Coles there was not a single competing brand in the health food section – I wanted to buy quinoa, flaxseed and chia. The only option I had was to buy the Coles homebrand. That’s not competition, it’s not good for me, it’s not good for small business and in the long run I don’t believe it’s good for the economy. Reply

Tayla1235

Posted by: Tayla1235
Posted: 28th Jan 2014

Tayla1235 says: Yesterday at my local Coles there was not a single competing brand in the health food section – I wanted to buy quinoa, flaxseed and chia. The only option I had was to buy the Coles homebrand. That’s not competition, it’s not good for me, it’s not good for small business and in the long run I don’t believe it’s good for the economy. Reply

elleymay

Posted by: elleymay
Posted: 28th Jan 2014

elleymay says: some time they are just but not all the time as they are pack at the some place as the band name prouducts Reply

mift1263

Posted by: mift1263
Posted: 28th Jan 2014

mift1263 says: I tend to use the homebrands more when make a recipe that requires ceraels as an ingredient. As a breakfast cereal some of the homebrands have a higher sugar content.
Reply

marktime

Posted by: marktime
Posted: 29th Jan 2014

marktime says: Came a big gutzer with a home brand cordial last week but most of the staples are ok. Reply

Katieebabyy

Posted by: Katieebabyy
Posted: 30th Jan 2014

Katieebabyy says: home brand are cheaper then named brand because it a cheap and ripoff version of the real thing, people prefer the good stuff then the cheap Reply

tids

Posted by: tids
Posted: 30th Jan 2014

tids says: I prefer normal bands then the cheaper brand most of them u can taste the difference ,
Reply

beau12

Posted by: beau12
Posted: 30th Jan 2014

beau12 says: i personally think that home brand items can be just as good if not better then most named brand items/foods. Reply

Kezaleigh66

Posted by: Kezaleigh66
Posted: 31st Jan 2014

Kezaleigh66 says: Raising three girls on my own there was many times I had no choice but to use no brand but I would have to say a lot of no brands Have no taste rastay with brand names if u can except for tin food nd names they are only a couple of cents dearer They say you get what you pay fore and no matter the budget I have to say Reply

Mah

Posted by: Mah
Posted: 3rd Feb 2014

Mah says: Home brand is worth due to the price. It is so cheap, most of time they are cheaper than name brand in promotion, that I generally buy them. In my opinion the quality is good, at the same level of the other ones. The only difference is that home brand generally don't have some many varieties, it is just the tradicional type, and in my case, for example, I like to try alternative products sometimes. Therefore, for milk, bread, butter, cereals, pasta and some other kinds I buy homebrand. Eventually, when I want to vary a little bit or when I find something in promotion I try another brand. Reply

Jessica64

Posted by: Jessica64
Posted: 4th Feb 2014

Jessica64 says: A lot of the sweets I used to eat as a child have for sure gone MIA on our supermarket shelves.. There was one in particular I remember that was a hard lolly on a stick that you could blow as a whistle, I haven't seen those for years! In regards to home brand products, I'm going to go against the grain here and say that I like them.. They are fantastic when budgets are tight, and lets face it, a lot of peoples budgets are becomming tight! And yes, they really are cheaper. I in particular like the coles home nrand products! They are exceptional value and keep good quality! Reply

missykkb

Posted by: missykkb
Posted: 6th Feb 2014

missykkb says: I think its good to try both because a lot of people don't have the money to buy good brands and its good ways to try home brands to save a lot of money as well with home brand things specially when you have kids Reply

pothum

Posted by: pothum
Posted: 6th Feb 2014

pothum says: Some of the name brands are better than the home brands, but some are just as good with a better price. It is just a matter of picking and choosing what suits you and the family. Reply

jess312

Posted by: jess312
Posted: 7th Feb 2014

jess312 says: I like homebrand scotch fingers because they sometimes add extra butter to it :) Also coles' Special flakes in substitute of Kellogs' Special K is an excellent home brand alternative. Homebrands aren't that great sometimes but when there's a great product and a low price, I will buy it Reply

TrinaF17

Posted by: TrinaF17
Posted: 8th Feb 2014

TrinaF17 says: I have heard that a lot of the home brand products are made by the named brand anyway they are just the batch that didn't make the high quality cut. In some instances home brand products can be just as good as named brand products. Reply

emilyhazel21

Posted by: emilyhazel21
Posted: 8th Feb 2014

emilyhazel21 says: 'Home brands' are great because they are cheap, but you definitely taste the difference between the home brand and the name brand. The name brand is nearly always better. Occasionally I have found a 'home brand' that tastes better than the 'name brand' which is always great because it saves me money! Reply

Gravallan

Posted by: Gravallan
Posted: 10th Feb 2014

Gravallan says: I do not like Homebrands Reply

ozziedigger

Posted by: ozziedigger
Posted: 15th Feb 2014

ozziedigger says: I do miss the brand named products ,With home brand, i unnaturally think of cheap
wages,unhealthy manufaction methods or something along those lines.
Sales people tell me that it is made by the same company,and i think why would they do that? The home brands lack colour on their packaging. but the brand names are set up for their labels so the cost they would have would be high to cater for a new home brand label ? Is the product inferior ?
I don`t know for sure as i`ve never gone into it.But if the products are really cheap,
then i`m sure all us pensioners and unemployed would have to buy home brand. Reply

cmenash

Posted by: cmenash
Posted: 18th Feb 2014

cmenash says: Yes! a lot of the home brands are okay but not as good as the well known brands. You just have to give them a go. I find to save money, if I use home brand necessities like coles toilet paper or cling wrap and alfoil, wash up detergent you can buy the good brands for things that matter more with taste like tinned pineapple or beetroot. Reply

jess1111

Posted by: jess1111
Posted: 18th Feb 2014

jess1111 says: To me it doesnt really matter what's on the box, as long as it tastes good I'm satisfied. Reply

DannyBoii

Posted by: DannyBoii
Posted: 20th Feb 2014

DannyBoii says: yes some home brand are still good, but it also denpends of your buget aswell, if you cant afford named brands then you have to settle for no names, also look carefully when buying no names Reply

barney rubble

Posted by: barney rubble
Posted: 25th Feb 2014

barney rubble says: I have bought home brands for many years as having to budget I found it helpful. I have found over recent times the quality has become better. The Safeway crushed tomatoes are great for making spaghetti sauce. I buy no name as they are cheaper than Home Brands there is difference in price. No name instant porridge is fine I just add half water half milk, pinch of salt, as soon as porridge starts to boil ,simmer for a minute or two, make sure you stir so it doesn,t stick.
Also I leave excess porridge in the pot until cold, I find you scoop it out it doesn,t stick to the pot and the pot washes easy. Aldi,s instant mashed potato is great for topping shepherds pie if you haven,t any potatoes. Reply

kristym86

Posted by: kristym86
Posted: 27th Feb 2014

kristym86 says: i buy alot of homebrands due to lack of income, but most home brands are a name brand as i used to work in a food factory and they did name brand and homebrand but with the same thing. some i do not like but it is a matter of trying i suppose and your budget. Reply

carmyandy

Posted by: carmyandy
Posted: 4th Mar 2014

carmyandy says: some of the home brands are just as good as the named brand or better but I find most times you will see a named brand on special for less then the home brand. Reply

hillcnh

Posted by: hillcnh
Posted: 5th Mar 2014

hillcnh says: You really have to experiment with the home brands. Some are excellent, while others are very ho hum!!
Reply

Auddy

Posted by: Auddy
Posted: 11th Mar 2014

Auddy says: Home brand taste gross Reply

jenjenn2285

Posted by: jenjenn2285
Posted: 12th Mar 2014

jenjenn2285 says: I like homebrand items. They are almost the same as other more expensive brands. But then some items are just horrible....oike their spaghetti :) Reply

PatB89

Posted by: PatB89
Posted: 14th Mar 2014

PatB89 says: Things like Oats, Milk, Honey I have bought homebrand and have no problem. But I recently started buying cereal and chips (Doritos) with homebrand because I thought the difference wouldn't be so great, but it turned out to be a terrible decision. The variance is quite great in quality, really justifying the price you pay. Reply

PukPuk

Posted by: PukPuk
Posted: 16th Mar 2014

PukPuk says: Home brands are popular as most people go for price. The catch is the source of most of this cheaper product is from subsidised overseas locations meaning Australian producers and processors miss out on the essential sales proceeds to remain viable. Hopefully the recent issues surrounding SPC (and later Woolworths doing a deal) might send the message home - dont collectively whinge about losing your Australian jobs if on the other hand your spending pattern does not give some support the Australian employer/producer/processor.
Reply

Caity1999

Posted by: Caity1999
Posted: 16th Mar 2014

Caity1999 says: Some home brand food are ok, but they would not be environmentally safe and the products could've come from unfair trade which is the reason they are so cheap. I am palm oil free and I only buy free range produce and fair trade produce. This means that I mainly buy unknown food from companies which makes grocery shopping very hard Reply

tailights

Posted by: tailights
Posted: 20th Mar 2014

tailights says: No I don't think that some of the home brands are as nice as the named brands but some of them are not too bad....As I love my coffee first thing in the mornings is why I pamper myself and only buy the named brand. Reply

sam73

Posted by: sam73
Posted: 21st Mar 2014

sam73 says: its not goods Reply

Jonda

Posted by: Jonda
Posted: 21st Mar 2014

Jonda says: I think some home brands are slightly up in the price range especially with what I would term 'luxury' items, eg ice creams, otherwise most are cheaper.
On the whole they are not as good as the named brands taste-wise. The bottom line is what is the use of buying something because it is cheap when you are not going to enjoy it and when the taste is not taste as good had you spent a bit more for the named brand that you know gives you that taste/flavour and enjoyment that is worth your money.
If the named brands are disappearing and being replaced by home brands Reply

Amosdoll

Posted by: Amosdoll
Posted: 22nd Mar 2014

Amosdoll says: I cherish the times when there were those chocolate coco pops when we were kids.

Home brands are price friendly I guess, but sometimes the flavor of some like baked products can taste a bit wierd.

As said before, some of them can taste good, and some doesn't.

Reply

princessxx101

Posted by: princessxx101
Posted: 23rd Mar 2014

princessxx101 says: I believe you get what you pay for..some products that are not a necessity I.e kitchen foil or gladwrap why pay extra money when you can buy homebranded products but things like food amd drinks I would always pick branded versions. Reply

wokka21

Posted by: wokka21
Posted: 24th Mar 2014

wokka21 says: I find the difference between Home Brand items and Named brand items are sometimes unnoticeable! with many trying to save that extra buck here and their many a time I find myself looking to score a bargain but questioning is that dollar cheaper loaf of bread or Home brand imported product or imported fruit & veg worth the dollar saved???
With many regards I would like to think many Australians try to shop locally or purchase produce of Australia and I think that is a concern of home brand products is the thought of where does this produce come from (National or international) and what hidden preservatives or extras are in the cheaper item but I think although their may not be any upfront differences in the taste, ingredients or amount with home brand compared to Named brands but I think the quality and support of Australian produce can be disregarded to just save that extra dollar, and in a future economy I think that extra dollar is a dollar worth spent if it is supporting home grown and produced products Reply

Greg1

Posted by: Greg1
Posted: 26th Mar 2014

Greg1 says: From ny experience, a lot of home brands are manufactured by reputable locl manufacturers who also market their own brands in competiom with tghe home brands. The formulation of the home brands is often nit so diffedrent bfrom the branded products. Reply

JJsAngel

Posted by: JJsAngel
Posted: 27th Mar 2014

JJsAngel says: There are good and poor quality products in the home brands. It just depends on what you buy. Reply

tristo

Posted by: tristo
Posted: 27th Mar 2014

tristo says: i believe that the home brands are pretty much the same and just as goood apart from a few of products.plus u save heaps with there cheaper prices. Reply

Whitey almighty

Posted by: Whitey almighty
Posted: 28th Mar 2014

Whitey almighty says: I must say that the old Black and White or the No Frills. Were Just That. but some of the new Coles and Woolworthes are up there for me. I am Vego. My shopping is simple. it's just need staples like pasta, rice, flour's etc. they all work for me. I am also a chef. so I can make anything taste gourmet. Thats a Bonus for me. But where has the huney jumbles gone??? Reply

patrick1972

Posted by: patrick1972
Posted: 30th Mar 2014

patrick1972 says: i myself dont think the price has changed one bit still seems so high Reply

iamcandy

Posted by: iamcandy
Posted: 1st Apr 2014

iamcandy says: of all the home brands the only descent one i have tried is woolworths select. not all of them though, but some of them have much better natural ingredients than other name brands, like their coconut milk and jarred garlic. generally you get what you pay for. i like the boutique smaller companies and it's sad the bigger companies are putting them out of business because they have chosen not to stock them anymore. Reply

Eugene12

Posted by: Eugene12
Posted: 3rd Apr 2014

Eugene12 says: Home brand all the way Reply

Eugene12

Posted by: Eugene12
Posted: 3rd Apr 2014

Eugene12 says: Home brand all the way Reply

suzieq2825

Posted by: suzieq2825
Posted: 4th Apr 2014

suzieq2825 says: I think that home brands are supermarkets efforts to make similar products more affordable for consumers while being more profitable for them. I have often found that the quality of these products is compromised in this. But there are also products that have seemed to meet the standard for me. It's very individual as to what things are "as good" Reply

eyg

Posted by: eyg
Posted: 7th Apr 2014

eyg says: I have started buying some home brand food products , if you take time and read the ingredients on the packet you will find that some home brand foods are actually better ,eg..less fat .So give them a go I did and they taste great in some cases even better and not to mention its a cheaper product as well. Reply

Rooooooooooobbie

Posted by: Rooooooooooobbie
Posted: 7th Apr 2014

Rooooooooooobbie says: The home brands are a great idea because they are cheaper, and often healthier. In the case of cereals, the home brands are usually cheaper and less sugary that the proper brands. I believe this is better for families on a lower income, where obesity is higher Reply

Zakman

Posted by: Zakman
Posted: 7th Apr 2014

Zakman says: Many home brands are of a high quality, just doesn't have the price tag which comes with a brand name product Reply

Maginnus

Posted by: Maginnus
Posted: 14th Apr 2014

Maginnus says: Perhaps supermarkets could make some small 'sample packs' for us to try - it seems whenever I try something new it's not suitable/not as good/not what I wanted.. If they were to give away or even sell a smaller pack (for a smaller price) I'd try a lot more brands that I don't usually use - both Home Brands & Name Brands. Reply

Kateo97

Posted by: Kateo97
Posted: 15th Apr 2014

Kateo97 says: I quite like home brand products as they are cheap, and for a person who is on a budget they are good supplements for the well-known brands. Although if I had the money, I would definitely choose the name brands over home brand any day. With products like soap and toilet paper I don't really care what brand I get, I usually get whatever is cheapest as those products don't matter as much. But with food I prefer the name brands as most of the time they taste a lot better. But it's not in all cases so yeah. Reply

Kateo97

Posted by: Kateo97
Posted: 15th Apr 2014

Kateo97 says: I quite like home brand products as they are cheap, and for a person who is on a budget they are good supplements for the well-known brands. Although if I had the money, I would definitely choose the name brands over home brand any day. With products like soap and toilet paper I don't really care what brand I get, I usually get whatever is cheapest as those products don't matter as much. But with food I prefer the name brands as most of the time they taste a lot better. But it's not in all cases so yeah. Reply

carmz85

Posted by: carmz85
Posted: 28th Apr 2014

carmz85 says: i really dont mind buying homebrand food or other stuff theres something i wouldnt buy like toilet paper or sanitary pads ..but over all there products are just as good..i have 4 kids so i shop on a budget Reply

carmz85

Posted by: carmz85
Posted: 28th Apr 2014

carmz85 says: i really dont mind buying homebrand food or other stuff theres something i wouldnt buy like toilet paper or sanitary pads ..but over all there products are just as good..i have 4 kids so i shop on a budget Reply

megzie

Posted by: megzie
Posted: 2nd May 2014

megzie says: Most of the time the name brand is better then the home brand, but the home brand can also be a little better for you. Not much better mind you though. Reply

vickbenla

Posted by: vickbenla
Posted: 4th May 2014

vickbenla says: I only buy Aldi, instant coffee, butterfully spread, their kitchen towels, extra length toilet rolls, dog treats ( half the price of brand names) & my dogs only like Aldi Julius brand dry dog food, they won't eat any others. I shop fortnightly (as its 40km.to Aldi) & I have worked out I save at least $30 by buying those items at Aldi rather than buying brand names (which I don't like anyhow) Reply

Cheislers

Posted by: Cheislers
Posted: 6th May 2014

Cheislers says: Most homebrands are pretty good, but there are a few that just can't compete with certain name brands. Some of these homebrand products really are inferior to their name brand equivalent (i.e. lacking flavour etc. in food / drinks and lacking some strength / quality in home goods etc.); however occasionally the homebrand seems to be better than the actual name brand. Reply

Deslie

Posted by: Deslie
Posted: 6th May 2014

Deslie says: I have tried many home brands and have found some to be very good but others to be of a much lower quality. I never buy home brand toilet paper as the paper is much thinner. Some canned products (eg. canned tomatoes, baked beans and spaghetti) the sauces are very watery. I do buy home brand muesli and find it very good. I think many shops are introducing too many of their own home brands and the small difference in price in most cases is not worth settling for the home brand. Reply

sweeny

Posted by: sweeny
Posted: 6th May 2014

sweeny says: becuase of cheapest Reply

Gati

Posted by: Gati
Posted: 7th May 2014

Gati says: I love home brands as its cheaper than particular brands. I do most of my shopping from Coles and I usually buy product of Coles brand. As I love to do experiments with the cooking so home brand product is cheap. If I don't like certain things after purchasing and tasting I am happy to throw it away as its price me less. Reply

Alyssa

Posted by: Alyssa
Posted: 7th May 2014

Alyssa says: I'll often go for the generic brand option because I have a small budget. There are some items where you can taste the difference, like chocolate and cornflakes, for some there is a huge difference in quality, e.g. have fattier bacon, but things like milk, cheese, eggs there is very little or no descernable difference (for me at least). If I had a larger budget I would lean towards Australian made and owned as opposed to brand name for the sake of brand name Reply

Tashii

Posted by: Tashii
Posted: 7th May 2014

Tashii says: I don't think home brands are in general as good as the named brands, and I don't like the monopoly it gives supermarkets on the market. Reply

KC1991

Posted by: KC1991
Posted: 9th May 2014

KC1991 says: I dont mind some homebrand things and it is good in a struggle but when you look at it homebrand and name brand things are only a few cents difference but in saying that not everything is I thick woolies select its cheap and also good quality but you always get good food and bad food you could like a homebrand cereal foe example and not a named brand visa versa Reply

tynodino

Posted by: tynodino
Posted: 10th May 2014

tynodino says: I personally don't like the fact that the home brands are taking over the real brands. The only reason home brands are becoming bigger is that they are a lot cheaper but I rather pay more for the better quality bands. Reply

tynodino

Posted by: tynodino
Posted: 10th May 2014

tynodino says: I personally don't like the fact that the home brands are taking over the real brands. The only reason home brands are becoming bigger is that they are a lot cheaper but I rather pay more for the better quality bands. Reply

CJG

Posted by: CJG
Posted: 14th May 2014

CJG says: Home brands are ok but they are also not what they use to be, most supermarkets have a 2 types of homes brands the budget (which is normally the cheapest but it pretty nasty) and then its own home brand which is normally pretty good. but at the end of the day its just best to go with what you like the taste of better. Reply

Rob dog

Posted by: Rob dog
Posted: 17th May 2014

Rob dog says: Yes there are a few brands that i used to buy that are no longer available.I believe that there are a lot of good home brand products and i use a lot of them.Yes a lot of home brand products are just as good as named brands if not better. Reply

antzy

Posted by: antzy
Posted: 17th May 2014

antzy says: Home brand cereals are gross. Tasteless, and bleh. Other items I usually buy named brand, except for cleaning products. Like canned vegetables, bread, cheese, milk, sliced meat and pantry stables like flour and sugar, I generally go for home brand. I used to not buy it because I was embarrassed but your groceries can really add up in the end. Reply

tdowsett

Posted by: tdowsett
Posted: 21st May 2014

tdowsett says: Home brand products are cheaper and it's usually more convenient to just go to Coles or Safeway, however I believe some things just can't be home brand. Name brand products are usually of much higher quality and are more reliable. Reply

Lexington

Posted by: Lexington
Posted: 23rd May 2014

Lexington says: At first it was all just a cheaper alternative, but now they are putting in that extra effort to advertising them as the 'better alternative.' All it comes down to is these big named grocery stores trying to make more money off common every day things and so they can afford to be a few cents cheaper in the end because of how much money the earn hourly. Reply

lizzie r

Posted by: lizzie r
Posted: 24th May 2014

lizzie r says: most home brands ok but still have my favourites that i still too that aren't home brands and will likely keep it that way Reply

ronaldo

Posted by: ronaldo
Posted: 26th May 2014

ronaldo says: nononononon Reply

Deano#14

Posted by: Deano#14
Posted: 28th May 2014

Deano#14 says: The home brands are just cheap and nasty rip offs of the real thing. Alot of the larger supermarkets now have there own home brand and dont stock many of the brands which they used too. Reply

Sil

Posted by: Sil
Posted: 3rd Jun 2014

Sil says: To be honest i don't like all the home brands, i liked having the choice even if there were only 2-3 brands per item. I find alot of things are not made in australia or are a blend of imported & local produce, which doesn't even tell you from which other country. I would like to know where my money is going & have the choice. Reply

sabimix

Posted by: sabimix
Posted: 8th Jun 2014

sabimix says: Brand make us prisioneers Reply

Chokablok

Posted by: Chokablok
Posted: 15th Jun 2014

Chokablok says: in my family there are my parents and then 6 kids. we have to go for the cheaper brands so we can afford to live. i personally don't notice much difference between taste or quality. but that is just my opinion. Reply

Nelly79

Posted by: Nelly79
Posted: 17th Jun 2014

Nelly79 says: I used to always but the brand name chicken Kiev until I come across the Coles brand Kiev it tasted way nicer than the brand ones at the time they had 4 in the box at 3.99 now they are up to double the price unfortunately Reply

Elizabeth

Posted by: Elizabeth
Posted: 21st Jul 2014

Elizabeth says: Well my comment is, if we keep buying the home brand there will be no brands left in store.

Yes I do buy the brand name products as I can afford to at the moment. I do sometimes buy the home brands as they are sometimes better than the brand.

Yes I have noticed brands disappearing off the shelf and also the size of packaging getting smaller and the price increasing. This does not help when you are following a recipe and have to buy another one to make the difference up. That makes me unhappy!!!! Reply

Sil

Posted by: Sil
Posted: 25th Jul 2014

Sil says: Oh I'm noticing the monopoly in the big two chains, more and more of their own brand. Problem I find is a lot are labelled from local and overseas ingredients, that's a worry as you don't actually know where the product comes from. I like buying Australian and have found big dropping quality of fruit and nuts but prices stay high. I think they should be fair and honest with the consumer and not just be making a profit for shareholders. Reply

Blossom

Posted by: Blossom
Posted: 10th Feb 2015

Sil says: Oh I'm noticing the monopoly in the big two chains, more and more of their own brand. Problem I find is a lot are labelled from local and overseas ingredients, that's a worry as you don't actually...

Blossom says: In some cases the imported ingredients are herbs and spices which can't be grown here.
Reply

Bazz

Posted by: Bazz
Posted: 25th Jul 2014

Bazz says: There are a number of brands that have disappeared over the years that have been "replaced" with "home brands". I read some time ago that these products were actually no different to the "name brands" to the extent that many were actually made in the same place as as the "name brands". I don't like the way this is going though. We now know how badly the big supermarkets are treating their suppliers plus how terrible the economic climate has been against manufacturing anything in this country. We need to know how things are being made, not just the ingredients >1% that are in the food products we buy. When are companies going to be encouraged to focus more on developing foods that are genuinely good for us instead of playing the "taste - addiction - profits" game? Reply

owl-hollow

Posted by: owl-hollow
Posted: 13th Nov 2014

Bazz says: There are a number of brands that have disappeared over the years that have been "replaced" with "home brands". I read some time ago that these products were actually no different to the "name...

owl-hollow says: I really hate the way the supermarkets are filling up the shelves with all the no name brands. I hate losing the brands I am used to, as you know what to expect when you pick a certain name brand over others.
No name brands are a mixed bunch, simply because you have no idea which big company made them. My hubby used to work for McCains and he said the only difference with their brand compared to no name brands, is that when the product - say pizza was being processed and it had less say cheese or other toppings on it than McCains standards - they swapped the packages to the no name supermarket and packaged them up as them. So by buying the no name brand you are actually getting inferior products to the name brands, most times BUT it also worked the same way if say the product was coming down the line and had too much topping - then they would swap the packaging and package them as no name again - so sometimes you could get a better deal. But as you can see - the standards of the no name brands are very loose, so you can never be sure how good the product is you are buying even though it is mostly processed/made by a name brand anyway. Which is why I prefer the name brands so I know who made it and know what to expect taste and appearance wise. Reply

Yankeedoodle

Posted by: Yankeedoodle
Posted: 28th Jul 2014

Yankeedoodle says: Thought I would give you a little info about home brand products. I used to work for a company where we had the opportunity of touring some of our manufacturers product factories that we sold in our stores. Believe it or not some of the home brand products are made by name brand manufacturers. I.E. Smiths potato chips actually make the home brand ones and the same goes for some of you ice cream manufacturers and they are a whole lot cheaper. I will buy home brand anytime over brand name ones and if I find one I don't like I'll buy the cheapest brand name. It comes down to advertising and if you have a company that advertises a lot on TV, magazines etc. you will pay more because their cost has to be passed on.
Reply

owl-hollow

Posted by: owl-hollow
Posted: 13th Nov 2014

Yankeedoodle says: Thought I would give you a little info about home brand products. I used to work for a company where we had the opportunity of touring some of our manufacturers product factories that we sold in...

owl-hollow says: I really hate the way the supermarkets are filling up the shelves with all the no name brands. I hate losing the brands I am used to, as you know what to expect when you pick a certain name brand over others.
No name brands are a mixed bunch, simply because you have no idea which big company made them. My hubby used to work for McCains and he said the only difference with their brand compared to no name brands, is that when the product - say pizza was being processed and it had less say cheese or other toppings on it than McCains standards - they swapped the packages to the no name supermarket and packaged them up as them. So by buying the no name brand you are actually getting inferior products to the name brands, most times BUT it also worked the same way if say the product was coming down the line and had too much topping - then they would swap the packaging and package them as no name again - so sometimes you could get a better deal. But as you can see - the standards of the no name brands are very loose, so you can never be sure how good the product is you are buying even though it is mostly processed/made by a name brand anyway. Which is why I prefer the name brands so I know who made it and know what to expect taste and appearance wise. Reply

cricky

Posted by: cricky
Posted: 3rd Aug 2014

cricky says: Some of the cheaper versions are okay, especially if you are on a strict budget, we buy Pams and Budget fairly often due to the low income, we sometimes splash out and get Big named products as a treat really, my son does not know the difference between watties and pams etc, so it is fine Reply

ninna

Posted by: ninna
Posted: 30th Aug 2014

ninna says: I find the majority of supermarket brand items are just as good as the big brand names at half the cost. What many people don't realise is that most of it is made in the same factories as the big brand names. Some of it may be excess production & relabelled unless the supermarket wants their own recipes run on the factory line. I really like a lot of ALDI brands when I can get in there to shop & love the bill being half of what it is at other shops. The only things I don't buy from ALDI or other supermarket brands is toilet paper & cereals but the rest is all good & saves a load of money. Reply

blondie72

Posted by: blondie72
Posted: 1st Sep 2014

blondie72 says: I'm quite annoyed by the ever disappearing "brand names" that are being replaced by 'store brands!'...I refuse to be pushed into buying 'homebrands' because stores are stocking less and less 'name brands.' I have even shopped online at places like GroceryRun to get brands I cannot get anywhere else, so in the end it is the supermarkets that lose the money I am forced to spend elsewhere.

I do not think that the quality of 'store brands" is anywhere near as good as the quality name brands - I care about where a product is sourced, grown, manufactured, etc, etc and what ingredients are in it and where they came from. I do not usually buy store brands outside of garbage bags and cling wrap. Reply

raedrawwr

Posted by: raedrawwr
Posted: 2nd Sep 2014

raedrawwr says: I was never, and will never be into purchasing home brand names. It is just a preference of mine to purchase name brands, even if it means paying more. Reply

TCEE

Posted by: TCEE
Posted: 26th Sep 2014

TCEE says: Supermarket brands are driving the quality down on all products as they tell the manufacturer how little they are willing to pay and if they do not compete they buy from overseas companies, so we are sending jobs off shore every time you buy a supermarket brand in preference to a national brand or a product made in Australia .
Buy Australian made products from Australian Companies to ensure your children have job prospects . Reply

dillyduck

Posted by: dillyduck
Posted: 24th Oct 2014

dillyduck says: most home brands are fine they tast the same some auctly i have found are better its more in your mind sometimes but ofcourse you do get what you pay for if you are really fussy then you wont like it but if you are willing to accept that your paying less so it will tast different sometime worse sometimes better its all about the money at the end of the the i really only buy homebrand saves money most the time your just paying for the name Reply

owl-hollow

Posted by: owl-hollow
Posted: 13th Nov 2014

owl-hollow says: I really hate the way the supermarkets are filling up the shelves with all the no name brands. I hate losing the brands I am used to, as you know what to expect when you pick a certain name brand over others.
No name brands are a mixed bunch, simply because you have no idea which big company made them. My hubby used to work for McCains and he said the only difference with their brand compared to no name brands, is that when the product - say pizza was being processed and it had less say cheese or other toppings on it than McCains standards - they swapped the packages to the no name supermarket and packaged them up as them. So by buying the no name brand you are actually getting inferior products to the name brands, most times BUT it also worked the same way if say the product was coming down the line and had too much topping - then they would swap the packaging and package them as no name again - so sometimes you could get a better deal. But as you can see - the standards of the no name brands are very loose, so you can never be sure how good the product is you are buying even though it is mostly processed/made by a name brand anyway. Which is why I prefer the name brands so I know who made it and know what to expect taste and appearance wise. Reply

owl-hollow

Posted by: owl-hollow
Posted: 13th Nov 2014

owl-hollow says: I really hate the way the supermarkets are filling up the shelves with all the no name brands. I hate losing the brands I am used to, as you know what to expect when you pick a certain name brand over others.
No name brands are a mixed bunch, simply because you have no idea which big company made them. My hubby used to work for McCains and he said the only difference with their brand compared to no name brands, is that when the product - say pizza was being processed and it had less say cheese or other toppings on it than McCains standards - they swapped the packages to the no name supermarket and packaged them up as them. So by buying the no name brand you are actually getting inferior products to the name brands, most times BUT it also worked the same way if say the product was coming down the line and had too much topping - then they would swap the packaging and package them as no name again - so sometimes you could get a better deal. But as you can see - the standards of the no name brands are very loose, so you can never be sure how good the product is you are buying even though it is mostly processed/made by a name brand anyway. Which is why I prefer the name brands so I know who made it and know what to expect taste and appearance wise. Reply

Sm

Posted by: Sm
Posted: 15th Nov 2014

Sm says: I buy home brand for most basic items like flour sugar milk bread foil. Most items that are a base in recipes and things, as today we are stretching the budget as much as we can it saves us 50 a fortnight on our food bills but there are items that u just have to buy brand name as home brand don't taste as good Reply

socker

Posted by: socker
Posted: 25th Nov 2014

socker says: We try the store brands and if the quality is there we continue to use them. Usually we find them as good. If not we do not buy the again Reply

Freedomy

Posted by: Freedomy
Posted: 29th Nov 2014

Freedomy says: Years ago, the thought of having home brand in my home was too much for my little brain to cope with. But as I have gotten older, I try a home brand, if I like it I keep it, if I don't I wont go with it. I find Coles and Woolies are making their own brands and this keeps brands (especially cereal) achievable to bye. Because it is like copycats but with a different label. I am yet to try Coles Nutrigrain, which is half the price.

Anyway getting back to the brands. Some Home brands are a real bargin and I love them and others just wont do, for instance toothpaste NO, Two minute noodles NO, but tomato sauce YES. I cant think of too many more, but I am the firm believer to say yes, give it a go and become the best home brand critique you can and save a few bucks along the way. Reply

Assaya

Posted by: Assaya
Posted: 12th Dec 2014

Assaya says: Once bitten, twice shy. I have had to throw away Home Brand rubbish, it was too embarrassing to serve, so unless I can see the quality of the product, I will always stick to BRAND products now. Reply

ednamc

Posted by: ednamc
Posted: 14th Dec 2014

ednamc says: I find most of the home brands are good. After all, most of them are made in the same factories as the well known brands. Reply

femwizz

Posted by: femwizz
Posted: 27th Dec 2014

femwizz says: There are some things that are better value to buy in home brand - i.e. flour, sugar. Generally I find with home brands they are not quite as healthy, or do not taste quite the same as the named brand .
I buy mostly home brand products for baking or cooking with, because they are better value. Reply

Shell1967

Posted by: Shell1967
Posted: 5th Jan 2015

Shell1967 says: I almost always buy the "home brand" as the saving is very significant. However where I draw the line is tomato sauce and baked beans/canned spag - the sauce is so very watery it is not worth the savings. If only the public know that some home brand products are the gourmet product in a different box!!! Reply

Rainbow

Posted by: Rainbow
Posted: 8th Jan 2015

Rainbow says: I use homebrand cereals for baking slices and cookies with. I find they taste rather bland as a cereal. Most named brand cereals taste the same as each other these days, but I have found the Dick Smith Bush Foods museli is brilliant. Filling, tasty, healthy and Aussie as well. It may initially appear to cost more, but as you need less in your bowl to fill you up, it works out the same as regular cereal. Reply

flo

Posted by: flo
Posted: 10th Jan 2015

flo says: I find a lot of the home brands are not as good as the name brands but there are some that are better. I often find that the homebrand items are more expensive than name brands especially when on sale. I get rather disappointed when they remove the name brands with the homebrands that are a poorer quality, I then usually go to another shop to find my favourites or try their homebrand product to see if better.
Reply

steele

Posted by: steele
Posted: 4th Feb 2015

steele says: Aldi own brands are the best in my opinion Reply

redgum

Posted by: redgum
Posted: 10th Mar 2015

steele says: Aldi own brands are the best in my opinion

redgum says: I agree with you steele, Aldi products generally are better and healthier, if you look on the back label, youll find that theres less sugars, less fats etc Reply

dj0003

Posted by: dj0003
Posted: 4th Feb 2015

dj0003 says: there are just some things I will not compromise on ie - toilet paper & tissues
gotta be soft & thick lol

as far as other brands go it really comes down to ingredients, aussie/Tassie made from aussie/Tassie products. I try to support locals. Must be low in sugar & salt etc Reply

Magenta Bruine

Posted by: Magenta Bruine
Posted: 4th Feb 2015

Magenta Bruine says: Dear looklively,

Very interesting issue you raise, I have found myself in my local Coles supermarket that little by little, all my favourite brands are disappearing and being replaced by the Coles own brand products. Sometimes you can still find the brands, but they have been moved either to the very top or the very bottom of the shelf. I resist this trend, as although I am happy to buy Coles brand bread, sugar, flour, etc I do find the brands (for instance Maille mustard) far superior for specialist products.
It seems to me the big chains are becoming more and more like Aldi every day! Reply

Tanasalisha

Posted by: Tanasalisha
Posted: 5th Feb 2015

Tanasalisha says: Most taste ok and some are quite good, but there are still some cheap and nasty home brand products out there. They are often cheaper than the named brands but some are just as expensive, but that does not guarantee the taste. Reply

Blossom

Posted by: Blossom
Posted: 10th Feb 2015

Blossom says: Yes, and those are probably manufactured by the same company and are the "end of the line" for the day as it is called in the industy. I worked at a Distribution Centre for 40 years. The generic brands are made by big name manufacturers on the same equipment. With exception of in-store bakeries most of the generic bread comes from Tip Top unless they have lost the contract. I have a relative that works in the bakery itself in Adelaide. They simply put it in generic branded bags. If you are in the supermarkets at the right time you will see it unpacked from brand labelled crates.
Reply

stevieerose

Posted by: stevieerose
Posted: 28th Feb 2015

stevieerose says: It depends what store you're shopping at because each supermarket has its own home brand. I'm very obsessive with health and making sure they contain no nasties and are as organic as possible, most of the time I find home brand isn't that good in terms of the products/ingredients in them, but I have found a few basic products that are pretty good like oats. Reply

debbie doo

Posted by: debbie doo
Posted: 13th Mar 2015

debbie doo says: a lot of home brands are ok it does take time to read all the labels to find out place of origin, also I hope the suppliers are not bullied by the big chain stores for cheaper prices just so they can have their products on their shelves Reply

debbie doo

Posted by: debbie doo
Posted: 13th Mar 2015

debbie doo says: a lot of home brands are ok it does take time to read all the labels to find out place of origin, also I hope the suppliers are not bullied by the big chain stores for cheaper prices just so they can have their products on their shelves Reply

telly19

Posted by: telly19
Posted: 14th Mar 2015

telly19 says: I prefer to gets what ever is cheap the only thing I by that is a brand is bread which is wonder white its so soft Reply

cheychey

Posted by: cheychey
Posted: 15th Mar 2015

cheychey says: Alot of products are fine. I miss Crazy Salt. Reply

jesssurvey13

Posted by: jesssurvey13
Posted: 18th Mar 2015

jesssurvey13 says: I bought home brand and non home brand fruit loops to compare, the home brand were tastier and bigger loops than the non home brand Reply

annie66

Posted by: annie66
Posted: 29th Mar 2015

annie66 says: home brand is the same, cheaper just in another packet. nothing wrong with home brand Reply

Cassniks

Posted by: Cassniks
Posted: 29th Mar 2015

Cassniks says: I think it really depends on the product. Anything is worth a try to see if it's any good. However I would read the back to see where it is from. I'm not inclined to purchase food from China or NZ unless I know 100% it actually comes from NZ. Once I had children I am much more careful about these things. I try to mostly buy local with food. Anything else I will 100% give home brands a try :)
The main frustration is however that I might find a good home brand product but then it changes :( Reply

gaybo

Posted by: gaybo
Posted: 29th Mar 2015

gaybo says: homebrands are cheaper but i dont think they have the same quality as well known brands Reply

Mumma Jo

Posted by: Mumma Jo
Posted: 29th Mar 2015

Mumma Jo says: I buy both as I have found that there is good and bad on both sides, I think it depends on what you are buying especially when it comes to electrical appliances this is were I will check everything out before I buy. Reply

McLeod

Posted by: McLeod
Posted: 30th Mar 2015

McLeod says: I have eliminated
Coles from my grocery shopping. I can no longer find anything except their brand at my local shop ie Camden Park SA.
Woolworths at Glenelg, SA, still has a good selection of brand labels but have an overiding policy to sell only certain products. So far this has meant I have had to ask my local IGA to get in my 'Goodness -Barley and Oats'. They will attempt to get in what you request and if this product sells they will continue to supply it.
This has encouraged me to use my local IGA as much as I can but I am also aware that their prices are higher. I therfor shop mainly between Woolworths and IGA.
Reply

Manh

Posted by: Manh
Posted: 31st Mar 2015

Manh says: Most of home brands is as good as the similar products from the other brands. I prefer to choose to use home brands product because of their competitive price and their own quality. As they always say, why we have to pay more for the same things. Reply

MummaBee

Posted by: MummaBee
Posted: 10th Apr 2015

MummaBee says: I buy whatever my family likes the taste of. It doesnt matter wether its a $20 brand or a 99c brand. Reply

Emae

Posted by: Emae
Posted: 12th Apr 2015

Emae says: I choose only a few home brand items from Coles or Woolworths for specific recipes I use in cooking, as I find these home brand products I choose are ok or equal to other well known brands for the reason I need them.
Other than that, I don't buy home brands for any other reason as I find a large variety of them are awful in taste, quality, colour, ingredients used & being imported which I find difficult to trust due to child labour/environment factors etc in the countries of import due to mass production or chemicals used... Reply

Emae

Posted by: Emae
Posted: 12th Apr 2015

Emae says: I Know for a FACT, a company that had imported products from a cheaper source overseas & would pack the products with only different labels on them, yet they were the exact same product with 1 having a name brand on it & another having a no name brand label on it...so there were no difference in the product quality at all except the consumer was paying a higher cost for the same product being sold in 1 shop compared to where it was being sold in another shop Reply

Gavin

Posted by: Gavin
Posted: 13th Apr 2015

Gavin says: The true issue here is whether you choose to: 1) buy a branded (hopefully Australian) product and support an independent, sometimes family-owned company/business producing something of value to people; or 2) buy a home/supermarket branded product which is the result of the huge supermarket conglomerate screwing down profitability for the manufacturer/producer in favour of higher profit margin for the supermarket chain.
I know most people are primarily concerned with their own outlay and don't consider the wider ramifications. However, there are much greater issues at stake behind your saving of a few cents when you choose to buy a supermarket branded product.
In the end, when there are no independent brands left and your only choice is supermarket-branded product, we'll all be paying more. The only winners are the Woolworths/Coles/Costco/Walmarts of the world. Your short term "gain" will inevitably become a long term loss for us all. Reply

ciaobella

Posted by: ciaobella
Posted: 23rd Apr 2015

ciaobella says: When it comes to cereal, I always go for named brands. Not sure why I haven't had the courage to just try a home brand equivalent, but maybe this discussion has spurred my curiosity and I'll just take the plunge. As for other products, I find home brands to be great, to be honest, and sometimes I am on a tight budget so home brands are a life saver. Unfortunately, I have noticed a trend, particularly with Coles Supermarkets, to scale down the choice of named brand products... not liking that very much, I'm afraid. Reply

bettythrelfo

Posted by: bettythrelfo
Posted: 30th Apr 2015

bettythrelfo says: I think that some items are as good as the items that are "top brands" but others are a no no. I guess by talking to others and reading here you can find out which are good brands in the home line. Reply

Lukedonnan

Posted by: Lukedonnan
Posted: 8th May 2015

Lukedonnan says: No, some homebrand items are just as good as expensive brands, I preferr to use home brand bleach instead of a expensive brand because the home brand works just as good! Reply

aussiejohn

Posted by: aussiejohn
Posted: 20th Aug 2015

Lukedonnan says: No, some homebrand items are just as good as expensive brands, I preferr to use home brand bleach instead of a expensive brand because the home brand works just as good!

aussiejohn says: Can you share with us your scientific tests which prove conclusively that Home Brand Bleach is as good as White King. Reply

predator

Posted by: predator
Posted: 8th May 2015

predator says: i would like to see our named brands back on our shelves as i feel they are better in flavour Reply

Alice_

Posted by: Alice_
Posted: 8th May 2015

Alice_ says: I have always seen home brand as an cheaper alternative (and they really area). Sometimes the quality of the food isn't great. However, it could be that we are persuading our own mind to think named brand is the better choice. This is due years and year of advertisement that leads to this kind of thinking. If we were to compare the ingredient lists on both products, there is high chances they are 90% the sam. Hence, we should just pick what we feel comfortable with. If we have money to spare we could just spend more on the named brand otherwise home brand is pretty decent to get by. Reply

ndemir

Posted by: ndemir
Posted: 13th May 2015

ndemir says: I went into Woolworths yesterday and picked up a couple 'Select' brand 1.25 drinks, 'Homebrand' bleach, 'Homebrand' margarine, 2x 'Homebrand' sandwhich sliced bread, 'Homebrand' seafood flavour catfood, 'Select' 3L milk, 'Homebrand' 4L icecream to make milkshakes. For what I bought I spent $20 and was quite happy with the quality of the items I got for the price I paid.

With things like chocolate, biscuits, cakes, frozen meals or fish I wouldnt get the homebrand as quality is quite bland in flavour. Dishwashing detergent, washing detergent and cleaning items are also better to get the more known brands as the homebrand in them items you have to use twice as much and double handle and wash clothes twice to get the same the outcome. You may pay more for the better named brand but use half as much so it equals the same price in the end sometimes to pickup the named brand. Reply

Kuro

Posted by: Kuro
Posted: 22nd May 2015

Kuro says: like home brand, because is cheaper. but some time home brand is not as good as the branded.... i always like to give it a try tothe home brand first....... Reply

xREDSWEDENx

Posted by: xREDSWEDENx
Posted: 25th May 2015

xREDSWEDENx says: It would just be that these big supermarket chains would've bought out these name brand companies and rebranded the package, but as for some products not being available anymore it would be due to those products not being a valuable source of income for those companies. Reply

CHUC

Posted by: CHUC
Posted: 9th Jun 2015

CHUC says: As the saying goes, you pay what you get, or you get what you pay, with brand name, there is almost guaranteed quality is a must, so ther you go Reply

Jnani

Posted by: Jnani
Posted: 15th Jun 2015

Jnani says: no, not used Reply

kaza1

Posted by: kaza1
Posted: 17th Jun 2015

kaza1 says: Home brand, I have brought home brand before. They are not to bad, I find that they are not as crunchy as the named brands. The freshness is as good.
I will stick to the name brand for my self. Reply

Nesa73

Posted by: Nesa73
Posted: 18th Jun 2015

Nesa73 says: I'm a thrifty shopper and I have found that from different supermarkets, you can find a decent home brand that is actually better than a name brand. I'm not ashamed to have a cupboard full of "no frills" cans or cereal box etc. It comes down to budget. Besides, at the end of the day, food is food. Shop wisely and don't be embarrased to buy budget. Your pocket will thank you for it. Reply

tony69au

Posted by: tony69au
Posted: 22nd Jun 2015

tony69au says: good Reply

Dora

Posted by: Dora
Posted: 23rd Jun 2015

Dora says: I used to like the Coles brand Lime cordial but now ca never seem to find it in Coles Reply

Ashar

Posted by: Ashar
Posted: 27th Jun 2015

Ashar says: No the quality is definitely not as good. I would never buy them and don't support Coles and Woolworths getting any more domination of the market. I would like to buy plum and pineapple jam, Clinic shampoo, iced Vo Vo biscuits, chilli peanuts, Norco ice cream , lime soft drink, just to name a few but they are never on supermarket shelves. Reply

Mammabear

Posted by: Mammabear
Posted: 27th Jun 2015

Mammabear says: I have had many a bad experience with no name/home brand products but increasingly I find no or fewer alternatives these days. I know that's what the big supermarkets want - you to choose their own brand. I will always choose a known product or brand because groceries are too expensive to buy and then throw out because of either poor taste, spoiled product or just not up to scratch. Reply

dont have

Posted by: dont have
Posted: 3rd Jul 2015

dont have says: Some brands have altered in how they market their products but on the whole home brands can be worthwhile considering. Reply

ventnorgirl

Posted by: ventnorgirl
Posted: 3rd Jul 2015

ventnorgirl says: I loved honey smacks no longer available so I crave for any of the nice cereals with sultanas and cream eg nutri grain/just right ordinary kind not the sort with lumps in it. Reply

brennan

Posted by: brennan
Posted: 4th Jul 2015

brennan says: I find that the home brands are good because you can usually save a couple bucks. However, the quality is noticeable! I still enjoy home brand products and I'm more than happy to purchase them, but the biggest difference I find is when you go back and actually buy the named brand again. For example, if I change to home brand snakes, still quite yummy yes, but then go back and buy a pack of starburst snakes, suddenly the starburst tastes better than it did before because you compare it to something else! So basically, yes I enjoy home brand things and I will buy them but name brand quality is and will always be higher! Reply

barzeuss

Posted by: barzeuss
Posted: 6th Jul 2015

barzeuss says: The name brand just sucks you in with that sweet sweet sweet sugar addictive, I say go home brand and just and your own sugar that most people add extra anyway when having breakfast...... even honey is that sweet sweet sweet taste of added sugar that you so crave Reply

marybell

Posted by: marybell
Posted: 7th Jul 2015

marybell says: Well I have brought other home brands and no I am afraid they don't seem as authentic ..would like to stick to the proper original brands. Reply

jan99

Posted by: jan99
Posted: 16th Jul 2015

jan99 says: WE buy Home brands all the time. Its a matter of trial and error, you have to test the products you buy. Some are cheap and nasty but the others are great! Once you know what's good, you tend to stick to it and save money as well.
Reply

jan99

Posted by: jan99
Posted: 16th Jul 2015

jan99 says: WE buy Home brands all the time. Its a matter of trial and error, you have to test the products you buy. Some are cheap and nasty but the others are great! Once you know what's good, you tend to stick to it and save money as well.
Reply

Firebird2808

Posted by: Firebird2808
Posted: 20th Jul 2015

Firebird2808 says: The home brands are cheaper but I reckon the aren't a good quality as name brands. As usual, going for the cheaper option isn't always the best choice. The home brand is a cheap copy of the name brand and isn't always up to standards so if you want quality brands then go for the name brand. If you don't care and just want the cheaper option then go for the home brand. Reply

Sweets1

Posted by: Sweets1
Posted: 23rd Jul 2015

Sweets1 says: Some non branded items are fine and some are not. I have also found that they can change. We always bought no name weet bix and found them the same as Sanitarium. However my husband insisted that they changed the receipe as they tasted different. When I rang and asked they claimed nothing had changed. We tried another box in case we had bought an dud one and the same thing. So now we have swapped to the Sanitarium Weet Bix Reply

Dudjen

Posted by: Dudjen
Posted: 6th Aug 2015

Dudjen says: I find some home brands good whilst others are below par. Dry goods tend not to live up to standard and are thin or watered down. Pity though that the name brands are getting more expensive whilst their sizes are reduced. Reply

frannymanny

Posted by: frannymanny
Posted: 15th Aug 2015

frannymanny says: I used to buy weet bix and cheerios for my children and grand children but these days I only buy rolled oats for myself and homebrand is fine. If my grandchildren come to stay they bring their own cereal if they do not want to eat oats. Cereals were always a bit of a treat because when the children wer growing up we had congee for breakfasr Reply

jesse1979

Posted by: jesse1979
Posted: 15th Aug 2015

jesse1979 says: Yes there are brands no longer available that I have bought in the local health food store.
As Far as Home Brand Verses Named Brands I think that we get used to a particular tastes and way of doing things...and home brands have their own particular uses,just as named brands,so just have to do things slightly different with the new home brands.
Most people have their favorite recipe is my point and a new product and an old recipe is hard to break so it a new recipe to solve the day.
For Me Money is a factor as if it is available for the home brand price why would I pay more so home brand wins in that respect.

Reply

JEpere

Posted by: JEpere
Posted: 16th Aug 2015

JEpere says: Some homebrand products seem to be ok but I would never buy homebrand baked beans or tinned fruit. They are just so insipid. I miss Starburst Berries and cream lollies more than anything. I also miss the Magnum chocolate biscuit icecream and their coffee Magnum. I hate it when well known brands release a product short term and then just take it off the shelves. Reply

JEpere

Posted by: JEpere
Posted: 16th Aug 2015

JEpere says: HOmebrand products can be ok and I find that if I shop wisely I can save money. However I would never use homebrand toilet paper or alfoil. You may save money but you use twice as much so then you don't really save money at all. Most canned things like baked beans or other vegetables are so insipid looking and tasting. I hate it when known brands release 'special edition' prodcuts like STreets magnum flavours. I miss Starburst berries and cream lollies like crazy. Reply

JEpere

Posted by: JEpere
Posted: 16th Aug 2015

JEpere says: Homebrands are fine for some things but others I refuse to purchase. E.g. baked beans? Homebrand are so insipid and full of pale liquid. Foil and toilet paper - you may save money but then use twice as much! I hate known brands that bring out a product then it is only limited edition - e.g. Magnum flavours by streets and Starburst berries and cream lollies!! Reply

marktime

Posted by: marktime
Posted: 18th Aug 2015

marktime says: Well i think things like Flour and Sugar where it pretty much comes from one source are no problems for the home brands but when you go to things like Pizzas things can be a bit different. I am sure i used to be able to buy white sauce mixture in a little resealable strong cardboard tin like gravox but i can't seem to find that anymore and have to buy sachets. Reply

terry01

Posted by: terry01
Posted: 20th Aug 2015

terry01 says: good Reply

aussiejohn

Posted by: aussiejohn
Posted: 20th Aug 2015

aussiejohn says: It always amazes me that so few people know that the major supermarkets tender out the manufacture of their "house brand" products to manufacturers who can make the product to a certain recipe and PRICE.

It is not the case that all products are just the branded product, with a different label. That bit of nonsense has been circulating for donkeys years, and people believe it.

I buy some house brands, flour, milk, salt, etc. In the scheme of things, they are fine. But I won't compromise on my Dilmah Tea, Meadowlea Marg, and things like that.

Aldi keeps changing their products to keep the price down. When you see the dreaded "New Look" on the packaging, you know it is going to be awful.

They have reformulated their Vita Grain biscuits. Now they are tasteless, thin like a piece of cardboard and just awful.

Same with their crumpets. Went from 99c to $1.19, and now you wouldn't give those crumpets to your dog, they are disgusting. There is a reason why Golden Crumpets cost 3 times as much!

Aldi margarine is full of palm oil, not content with killing the orangatangs, they want to kill us as well. Aldi Tomato Paste is made in China. Who wants to risk eating that??

Reply

nlytiak

Posted by: nlytiak
Posted: 28th Aug 2015

nlytiak says: I dont like hombrands Reply

msjasmineyong

Posted by: msjasmineyong
Posted: 29th Aug 2015

msjasmineyong says: I reckon depending on the ingredients inside of it , for example if youre wanting to buy a can of baked beans home brand versus named brand probably both will taste the same however ofcourse home brand is cheaper and depending on your budget aswell , if you're on a tight budget the home brand works as well as other brands but if you're willing to spend more then go for the branded ones . Reply

Mummar

Posted by: Mummar
Posted: 3rd Sep 2015

Mummar says: Most people may not realise but home brand products are generally "branded" products - I know that Sam Remo supplies to Woolworths home-brand pasta. There are many products that are fine as home brand however your sanitary items and are ones that I wouldn't buy anything but a brand that is well known. Reply

swanie

Posted by: swanie
Posted: 11th Sep 2015

Mummar says: Most people may not realise but home brand products are generally "branded" products - I know that Sam Remo supplies to Woolworths home-brand pasta. There are many products that are fine as home...

swanie says: Yeah i agree totally Mummar Reply

Slee220

Posted by: Slee220
Posted: 14th Sep 2015

Slee220 says: Home brands are ok. I woudln't mind getting their bread, milk and other general stuff but I must admit they're not as good as named brands though. Reply

Kiwigal

Posted by: Kiwigal
Posted: 14th Sep 2015

Kiwigal says: When I am buying home brands versus labels, I try to imagine whether a company supplying this product has an option to sell a cheap alternative.eg Pasta...its a very simple ingredient mix with specialised machinery son there isnt room for making it cheap wheras tea leaves for instance has many grades. Concentration in washing powders and liquids mat be compromised so I watch out for this kind of product and tend not to buy Reply

Kiwigal

Posted by: Kiwigal
Posted: 14th Sep 2015

Kiwigal says: Reply

Joydy

Posted by: Joydy
Posted: 14th Sep 2015

Joydy says: I always check where the products have been made! If it is Australian made with Australian products I am happy to buy it, whether its "Home Brand" or expensive products. Better to buy Australian than imported food from countries that don't have the same food handling standards as us! Reply

SUMI

Posted by: SUMI
Posted: 15th Sep 2015

SUMI says: i like home brand but sometimes if these some cheap we can have them Reply

nanone

Posted by: nanone
Posted: 19th Sep 2015

nanone says: Kraft salad dressings have disappeared from the supermarkets shelves. Have tried some of the named brands and am not a fan. They just don't taste as nice as Krafts. Coles salad dressings are ok but have a limited range of flavours. Reply

Sam91

Posted by: Sam91
Posted: 26th Sep 2015

Sam91 says: Sometimes the home brands taste just as good as the named brands. And then sometimes I find home brands you get less in weight yet you pay more, and then some of the brand names they have more in weight and are cheaper. It's weird how it works sometimes. Alternately, I just think the home brands are the same product as the brand products. Just a cheaper way of selling them. Reply

Comby

Posted by: Comby
Posted: 1st Oct 2015

Comby says: All goods and services provided by household name shops are all there to make us choose from. At the end of the day we make the decisions and choices to purchase and consume whatever products, weather it be home brands or big name brands.

Home Name brands also contribute to local and domestic competition among small businesses and thus creates a stable and conducive environment for more spin offs and opportunities to help build the economy.

Both brands have their advantages and disadvantages so it really comes down to personal custosmer liking, taste and dollar value! Reply

Comby

Posted by: Comby
Posted: 1st Oct 2015

Comby says: All goods and services provided by household name shops are all there to make us choose from. At the end of the day we make the decisions and choices to purchase and consume whatever products, weather it be home brands or big name brands.

Home Name brands also contribute to local and domestic competition among small businesses and thus creates a stable and conducive environment for more spin offs and opportunities to help build the economy.

Both brands have their advantages and disadvantages so it really comes down to personal custosmer liking, taste and dollar value! Reply

slutguts

Posted by: slutguts
Posted: 5th Oct 2015

slutguts says: As a student my first reaction is to pick the cheapest one of everything. A lot of the time, I can't tell the difference between the home brand and the named brand. But sometimes I can, like with chocolate for eating, I wouldn't buy the select brand I'd choose lindt or Cadbury. I also thing there's a social stigma against buying home brand items. If I'm having friends over I will buy chips and soft drink that are named brands because other people have preferences, even if I can't taste the difference. Reply

Angieg

Posted by: Angieg
Posted: 12th Oct 2015

Angieg says: I buy homebrand for products like flour, sugar, milk, garbage bags/some toiletries. However, I won't buy certain things that are homebrand again such as coffee, tea, cling wrap, baked beans, beetroot, corn kernals, chocolate or cake ... they are bin worthy. I've just read that 'Toobs' chips are being discontinued (Noooo!) and have noticed that certain confectionery no longer exists, i.e: Polly Waffles, spearment leaves. Reply

Ajayybroo

Posted by: Ajayybroo
Posted: 20th Oct 2015

Ajayybroo says: It really depends on what your after,buying a normal basic toothpaste if you actually read it, home brands and marked brands have the same everything it contains.if your buying home brands tomato sauce and example of heinz tomato sauce well it depends on your taste buds but it also comes down to buying it in a bulk for special occasions such as parties and celebrations. So its up to the person reall of how picky you can be or lets just say, you win some you lose some. Reply

Jess90

Posted by: Jess90
Posted: 18th Nov 2015

Jess90 says: I love home brand, so much cheaper, the products are still very good quality and still much cheaper. If i could do my entire shop in home brand i would Reply

jen32

Posted by: jen32
Posted: 14th Feb 2016

jen32 says: home brands are awesome a lot of time better and cheaper than name brands Reply

frannymanny

Posted by: frannymanny
Posted: 23rd Feb 2016

frannymanny says: I always buy home brand if available. It is a real help on a tight budget. If ai do not particularly like the taste of a homebrand product I find that if I never buy anything else I get used to it Reply

brennan

Posted by: brennan
Posted: 25th Feb 2016

brennan says: To be quite honest, I am past the whole "buy the brand-name" items. There are certainly some products where I would only buy brand name, for example, Cadbury chocolate will always be no.1 for me over home brand. But in terms of something like Pringles, I have been buying home brand. It is literally less than half the price and you cannot taste the difference. I am not sure if maybe I am just kind of "immune" to the cheaper taste now that I have been buying home brand, but I cant really tell. Most items I buy now aren't named brand such as milk, ice-cream, frozen meals, cold meat, chips, lollies, tuna, pasta, sauces, etc.
I do however believe that if you have a named brand on the odd occasion, it may be more appealing because it has a slight edge over home brand, but as soon as I return to home brand I do not feel different at all. All in all, for the price difference, it seems pointless to buy named brand most of the time. Reply

brennan

Posted by: brennan
Posted: 25th Feb 2016

brennan says: To be quite honest, I am past the whole "buy the brand-name" items. There are certainly some products where I would only buy brand name, for example, Cadbury chocolate will always be no.1 for me over home brand. But in terms of something like Pringles, I have been buying home brand. It is literally less than half the price and you cannot taste the difference. I am not sure if maybe I am just kind of "immune" to the cheaper taste now that I have been buying home brand, but I cant really tell. Most items I buy now aren't named brand such as milk, ice-cream, frozen meals, cold meat, chips, lollies, tuna, pasta, sauces, etc.
I do however believe that if you have a named brand on the odd occasion, it may be more appealing because it has a slight edge over home brand, but as soon as I return to home brand I do not feel different at all. All in all, for the price difference, it seems pointless to buy named brand most of the time. Reply

bayze

Posted by: bayze
Posted: 28th Feb 2016

bayze says: Yell i cant say for 100 % but i think careful consideration when choosing home brand products as i became aware that New Zealand were importing rice from veitnam & recently discovered they were importing from China which have high level of lead. Reply

snook

Posted by: snook
Posted: 1st Mar 2016

snook says: Home brands V Named brands.
My wife and I have raised 4 children on mostly home brands without one complaint on the home brands purchased. These home brands were mainly Woolworths Select brand. We tried many different Home brands and after a lots of trial and error we settled on Woolworths Select . There is an old saying .
When you find a good thing Stick to it. Regards John (snook)
Reply

bube

Posted by: bube
Posted: 5th Mar 2016

bube says:
some of the premium homebrands are very good and the can compeet with the main brands, I wait for Aldi to come to WA the have only there brands and the as good then any of the main brands Reply

duanne

Posted by: duanne
Posted: 16th May 2016

duanne says: whats in a name Reply

frannymanny

Posted by: frannymanny
Posted: 23rd May 2016

frannymanny says: I do not buy much in the way of manufactured products so no name brands are fine Reply

mymonkey

Posted by: mymonkey
Posted: 21st Jun 2016

mymonkey says: Most home brands are really good and cheap, especially things that you don't eat, eg, plastic forks and spoon, serviettes, plates and cups, gladwraps and foils are great in home brands...even rice, sugar, canned beans and legumes, most of my shopping is homebrand, and I don't have a problem with any of them.
As for food, I have bought home brands and some of them are really good, in the normal brands,I think you are just paying for the brand name and colour wrappings. There is of course foods that I have bought in homebrands which really wasn't nice, but you experiment and see whats nice and whats not nice... Reply

jenkiki

Posted by: jenkiki
Posted: 26th Jun 2016

jenkiki says: It depends on the 'Home Brand' and the product it'self. Sometimes I can't tell the difference other times the the named brands are a lot better in quality and in taste. I don't really have any emotional attachment to any brands, but I do care about the quality of ingredients and the taste of the products I buy. I grew up eating home brand stuff so there are no now non existent name brand items I can recall. Reply

sweetypieelizabeth

Posted by: sweetypieelizabeth
Posted: 1st Jul 2016

sweetypieelizabeth says: i love Homebrands,they are cheap and cheerful...............and when it comes to the basic stuff like Cleaning Supplies, General Consumables really it doesn't so much matter as these Homebrand Items are often made by the same Companies whom make the "bigger Brands"..so why not save some money where You can..............????? Reply

Sohail

Posted by: Sohail
Posted: 16th Jul 2016

Sohail says: This is true that home brands are cheaper than named brands, but when we look at the quality home brands quality can not compete with the quality of named brands. Reply

Sohail

Posted by: Sohail
Posted: 16th Jul 2016

Sohail says: This is true that home brands are cheaper than named brands, but when we look at the quality home brands quality can not compete with the quality of named brands. Reply

shahid30241239

Posted by: shahid30241239
Posted: 23rd Jul 2016

Sohail says: This is true that home brands are cheaper than named brands, but when we look at the quality home brands quality can not compete with the quality of named brands.

shahid30241239 says: i totally agree however i find some homebrand products equally as good in quality as branded products Reply

Sohail

Posted by: Sohail
Posted: 2nd Aug 2016

shahid30241239 says: i totally agree however i find some homebrand products equally as good in quality as branded products

Sohail says: Yeah you're right but there are only some homebrands which have quality if you will trust on every homebrand you can experience a loss of money. Reply

jtmorri

Posted by: jtmorri
Posted: 24th Jul 2016

jtmorri says: The brand tinned fruit has disappeared even different sized tins, the variety of Campbell soups have diminished, certain pasta types and sauces are no longer stocked, full cream yoghurts are almost non existent, toilet paper brands are less and a chump lamb roast cut is non existent. The home brands don't replace everything as I don't buy them for all kinds of groceries. They are cheaper, you get what you pay for. I move on and adjust my menu and forget about the things I can no longer buy. Reply

Luke

Posted by: Luke
Posted: 3rd Aug 2016

Luke says: Home brands are cheaper over other retail brands in all industries. In some cases you cannot tell the difference between home brand and better quality branded goods. However, these home branded goods are killing the country. You only have to look at what cheap milk is doing to the dairy industry! Reply

Bigvizz77

Posted by: Bigvizz77
Posted: 8th Aug 2016

Bigvizz77 says: I feel like the home bran items are the leftovers or (bad batches) of the named products. I feel like they are of lesser quality and taste different. Home brand toilet paper just doesn't compare to Kleenex or sorbent. Reply

TonyL

Posted by: TonyL
Posted: 8th Aug 2016

TonyL says: Some home brands are great, personally I don't mind them all. But my household has grown up on branded stuff so they prefer those. Me? I like the cheap stuff! Still just as good! Reply

Bigvizz77

Posted by: Bigvizz77
Posted: 8th Aug 2016

Bigvizz77 says: I feel like the home bran items are the leftovers or (bad batches) of the named products. I feel like they are of lesser quality and taste different. Home brand toilet paper just doesn't compare to Kleenex or sorbent. Reply

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 12th Aug 2016

says: Home brand products are great! I like when the products i like/need have a home brand equivalent, this usually works out to begin of the same quality in my opinion. The only event in which I wouldn't buy a home brand product is for speciality food products like my favourite candy or chips and canned tuna because recreating the particular blend of ingredients that make the food i like so nice is not met by home brands. However in relation to other food products like salt/pepper, rice its absolutely fine. Reply

squeekums

Posted by: squeekums
Posted: 13th Aug 2016

squeekums says: The only thing i dont buy home brand is coke, allens chicos and marshmallows, everything else usually passes my taste, usage test Reply

Miraclez

Posted by: Miraclez
Posted: 17th Aug 2016

Miraclez says: As long as it is good Reply

Rabbits1

Posted by: Rabbits1
Posted: 24th Aug 2016

Rabbits1 says: I much prefer brands over home brands, otherwise if we dont support brands then supermarkets will only stock their own products and then they can keep increasing prices further on us! Reply

Pardeep

Posted by: Pardeep
Posted: 31st Aug 2016

Pardeep says: Home brands are appealing to vast majority because of the price and and marketing techtics of the super markets. Whereas, named brands are important to the society as well as they promote healthy competition and paysback the economy by development. Reply

Steve30342827

Posted by: Steve30342827
Posted: 1st Sep 2016

Steve30342827 says: Often they are just as good as branded goods, but there are some differences for some things. For example, sugar is fine as a homebrand for most things, as are most dry goods. Some tinned veges may tend to not be as good however in my experience. Reply

Steve30342827

Posted by: Steve30342827
Posted: 3rd Sep 2016

Steve30342827 says: Definitely some brands have been removed from shelves, seemingly in favour of the home brands. Some home brand items are ok, but some I would not buy and prefer brand names to get a bit of quality Reply

WH

Posted by: WH
Posted: 28th Sep 2016

WH says: Homebrand taste not as good as branded. Reply

Anonymous

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 3rd Oct 2016

says: home brands can be ok, they may be up to the standard of some name brands. although the majority of home brands seem to be a lesser quality and that's why they are generally cheaper, they have lesser quality of ingredients or parts and there for the product is cheaper. a lot of individuals choose the home brands for the price, and will only buy the name brands if know the product works better or is on special. the products people buy either name brand or home brand relate to buying behavior which can relate to heuristic tendencies in consumers, people with these tendencies have in set rules while shopping (buying the cheapest brand, always picking the same product), they will go for certain products, and choose the company/s that offer these services. Reply

Ashar

Posted by: Ashar
Posted: 27th Oct 2016

Ashar says: Home brands are definitely not as good as name brands. They may be cheaper but the quality is not as good in most cases. I would like to buy Golden Circle tropical fruit salad in the 880 g can , produce of Queensland and canned in Australia but I can never find it on supermarket shelves. Reply

missg26

Posted by: missg26
Posted: 9th Nov 2016

missg26 says: so far they are good and cheaper as well but in choosing like this brand and price are not important but what matter most is the energy level that you can get from these brand Reply

david

Posted by: david
Posted: 17th Nov 2016

david says: most home brands are made by the large producers and home brand labels are added if you check the labels they state where the product comes from,then adds produce of china-made/assembled in Australia.which means the product is australian Reply

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 21st Nov 2016

says: Living on a smallish budget for groceries, I always select home brands because they're often cheaper. Unfortunately I usually feel that on some products I am sacrificing quality because of this. However, even without the growing number of home brand products I find it really difficult to select products quickly based on the growing number of brand names creating new products. For example, I buy muesli bars once a fortnight, I really enjoy the "Carman's" ones but they are always so expensive. I either go when they're on special or select another brand. A lot of the "Be Natural" bars are quite good but there are some that are clearly of lesser quality. Reply

hools

Posted by: hools
Posted: 21st Nov 2016

hools says: I'm a regular Also shopper and I find the cheaper version of the branded product is very comparable and even sometimes better. Reply

hools

Posted by: hools
Posted: 21st Nov 2016

hools says: I'm a regular Also shopper and I find the cheaper version of the branded product is very comparable and even sometimes better. Reply

archer

Posted by: archer
Posted: 30th Nov 2016

archer says: archer says some of the homebrand goods are ok like alfoil or dairy blend butter I still tend to buy good quality toilet paper like quilton because the cheaper ones are too thin things like milk are ok but there are a lot more homebrand things on the shelves so you don't have a choice Reply

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 1st Dec 2016

says: I love many of the home brand products. I find them to be just as good as the original or pretty close in quality especially for the cheaper price you pay. You definitely save money buying these products. The only thing I find frustrating are the different products at other stores and sometimes you cannot find what your looking for and have to pay the full price for the more expensive goods. Reply

angry mum

Posted by: angry mum
Posted: 7th Dec 2016

angry mum says: Lots of homebrand things are disappearing from Woolworths shelves. Some stores still have them, others dont. At our local and closest store they seem to be pulling most homebrand items off the shelves. I didn't mind their homebrand margarine but they no longer stock. Also their cling wrap and alfoil have vanished. We have 3 Woolworths closeby and the other 2 still stock the items. They are much cheaper than the well known brands and I'll try anything once. If it's no good then I simply buy another brand. Reply

danielajlil

Posted by: danielajlil
Posted: 7th Dec 2016

danielajlil says: Can remember any brands that have left the shelf but some homebrand items are just filled with water and horrible tasting unfortunately the other thing of concern is where is this product from ???
Reply

Swinburneeducate

Posted by: Swinburneeducate
Posted: 9th Dec 2016

Swinburneeducate says: I'm a little fed up with cokes in particular replacing my favourite items with home brand. Items like flour sugar ect are equally as good and that fine. Now I see a lot of mybtonato paste like legos is being replaced and not even offered. These companies spend a fortune on marketing so consumers will go and purchase their products to get to the supermarket and find they are not available or the range of products have been diminished Reply

Aliyaraya

Posted by: Aliyaraya
Posted: 15th Dec 2016

Aliyaraya says: I hate that some of the brands are no longer stocked in the supermarkets. Some of the home brands are on a par with the brand names and then others should just be thrown out. I really hate it when you find a good product and you buy it regularly and then one day you go in and its no longer there. Reply

pom

Posted by: pom
Posted: 17th Dec 2016

pom says: I prefer named brands as most use Australian produce. I know that Coles & woollys tinned tomatoes come from Italy which is used by China as a dumping ground for tomatoes. I know Heinz frozen stuff comes from New Zealand, again another Chinese dumping ground, I try and support our own farmers even if its a few cents more. Reply

bettythrelfo

Posted by: bettythrelfo
Posted: 12th Jan 2017

bettythrelfo says: I find that lots of my normal brands are disappearing... and being replaced by a home brand... Now it may be that some of these are as good, but I think I would prefer the brands I used to be able to buy. Reply

bossn

Posted by: bossn
Posted: 19th Jan 2017

bossn says: Your local super market has realized that for the ones that sell very well. Why not just make our own and make it cheaper to compete with name brands, while were at it. Why don't we just remove name brands all together and only sell our goods. This is just business and quite frankly a pretty smart idea. It's unfortunate for those products that can be replicated. Reply

Anonymous

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 23rd Jan 2017

says: Hi

I used to get Deep Spring Lemon Mineral Water from Coles. It was the best for a thirst on a really hot day, but a year ago ish it disappeared and was replaced with Coles Lemon Mineral Water which seemed to taste as good, at least not very different.

rand Now I cant even get that and the replacement brand is rubbish. What happened? Is it nor longer available?

Cheers
Reply

pjohnw

Posted by: pjohnw
Posted: 3rd Feb 2017

pjohnw says: I find these days i'm doing nearly all my shopping at Aldi , at first it seemed strange with all their homebrand names i had never heard of , but as we tried each one we were surprised at their good quality and price. Have not come across a product we do not like . Reply

BAWRIT

Posted by: BAWRIT
Posted: 3rd Feb 2017

BAWRIT says: Certain home brand products were great! Like Homebrand Neapolitan Icecream. That was the best! Or, like, the ones that are just as good as the branded ones. Like two minutes noodles. It's like, stop trying to sell me fancy two minute noodles, I want the msg riddled, low quality, potentially poisonous stuff that costs less than the energy it takes to boil the kettle. Reply

Tibbey

Posted by: Tibbey
Posted: 5th Feb 2017

Tibbey says: I like homebrand due to its price. I don't like the way smaller manufacturers are steadily disappearing due to the dominance of massive corporations Reply

Jackson30534381

Posted by: Jackson30534381
Posted: 9th Feb 2017

Jackson30534381 says: I love food as long as its nutritious and delicious Reply

hools

Posted by: hools
Posted: 12th Feb 2017

hools says: I find most of the everyday goods of similar quality but with some there is no substitute for say Timtams Reply

Melissa30534422

Posted by: Melissa30534422
Posted: 13th Feb 2017

Melissa30534422 says: Something's are ok in home brand. Cereals are terrible I think and I use to buy the bread but it doesn't stay fresh. As soon as you open it, its fresh for about 2 hrs Reply

ck14

Posted by: ck14
Posted: 17th Feb 2017

ck14 says: Home brands are definitely cheaper than name brands. I find that some home brand products hold the same quality as name brands. However, other home brand products are far worse in quality than name brands. It's really trial and error when buying products - once you find good quality home brand products, you'll end up saving a lot of money in the long run. Reply

ck14

Posted by: ck14
Posted: 17th Feb 2017

ck14 says: Home brands are definitely cheaper than name brands. I find that some home brand products hold the same quality as name brands. However, other home brand products are far worse in quality than name brands. It's really trial and error when buying products - once you find good quality home brand products, you'll end up saving a lot of money in the long run. Reply

nome0171

Posted by: nome0171
Posted: 27th Feb 2017

nome0171 says: Golden circle tin beans, gone. Now not a lot on offer more homebrand tins.
If you look as you go down each Isle you see more and more cheap nasty brands from overseas.
They are a very poor substitute. They dont have the quality control as the brands from Australia had. So disappointed in the way our supermarkets are heading. Reply

Anonymous

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 9th Mar 2017

says: For the most part they're alright, but they still something I can't get a hook on like the branded ones. Like their stack chips. It's texture is passable, but there comes a odd after taste which you don't get with brands like Pringles. Reply

Migaloo

Posted by: Migaloo
Posted: 9th Mar 2017

Migaloo says: I find some brands that have disappeared from the main line super markets l can still buy in Super IGA .Some home brands are okay some not so good , l head to Super IGA to see if my brand is on their shelf now a days , like Maggie peanut sauce for one . Reply

Natasha30571304

Posted by: Natasha30571304
Posted: 12th Mar 2017

Natasha30571304 says: There are some Homebrands that are bad and tast bad but some are better then the Branded Brands. Homebrands are very much Cheaper i go for the Home brands were possable Reply

Dei

Posted by: Dei
Posted: 23rd Mar 2017

Dei says: I hope this is the choice discussion. I don't mind having choice, what I hate is so called 'authorities', like the government & now Woolworths & Coles trying to tell me what I can/cannot do, have, think or buy. Enough of the nanny nationing, let me make up my own mind!
Just in case this is not the correct discusson, I buy a mix of homebrand & branded - probably higher on the branded side though, as I'm not sure the quality is the same throughout. Reply

Beaverquick

Posted by: Beaverquick
Posted: 23rd Mar 2017

Beaverquick says: It is annoying when a brand that is well-established suddenly disappears. Reply

Virginia30241277

Posted by: Virginia30241277
Posted: 23rd Mar 2017

Virginia30241277 says: I've got to the stage where I avoid the "big three" - Woolworths/Safeway, Coles and Aldi and I'm sick of the lack of choice with brand names and them trying to get you to purchase their store brands. I go to places like IGA and Foodworks that still have a wide range of choice in the brand names. Reply

Fatso

Posted by: Fatso
Posted: 23rd Mar 2017

Fatso says: I will be very disappointed if the brands I normally buy are not available.Home brands are a waste of money.Most of the homebrands the taste is not up to scratch.I rather pay more and get a better quality. Reply

PGS

Posted by: PGS
Posted: 23rd Mar 2017

PGS says: As long as the milk is full cream, I see no difference. There is a difference in breads & biscuits. Some soft drinks apparently taste different although similar.

Even though some of the generics are made by the big companies, the recipe is usually altered somewhat. Reply

Rocketdog

Posted by: Rocketdog
Posted: 23rd Mar 2017

Rocketdog says: I shop at Foodland in South Australia particularly intensely because of the variety, choice and range of food products and brands displayed on their shelves. I shop Woolies, Coles and Aldies for the brand items that are on special but relish spending an hour or so fetching the specialty items I seek from the shopping Ailses at Foodland. Its a sad predicament when profits induce Supermarkets to restrict the variety of products on sale at their shopping aisles. Reply

flo

Posted by: flo
Posted: 24th Mar 2017

flo says: I find that the brands they tend to remove are the most popular brand names and the ones I usually like. Quite often I find that the supermarket brands are the same price and actually end up costing you more because they don't have the sames quality or flavour and end up on the bin. Some home brands are OK. I have notiace that it is very rare that I can find Continental packet gravy and sauces Reply

dee

Posted by: dee
Posted: 26th Mar 2017

dee says: I buy home brands all the time and have done for many years. The majority of the products is just as good if not better than some named brands. The only thing I will not change from is Heinz baked beans and Edgell tinned peas. Reply

Trisha 30587341

Posted by: Trisha 30587341
Posted: 29th Mar 2017

Trisha 30587341 says: Some home brands are better and some are not I used allot of home brand products like dish washing liquid laundry powder diced tomatoes frozen vegetables Reply

barbiedoll99

Posted by: barbiedoll99
Posted: 1st Apr 2017

barbiedoll99 says: I always try Home Brands, because I want to save money being a Pensioner, BUT if I do not think they are up to the normal brands that I buy I give them the flick. It is not much use saving money if you ddo not like the product.
As a rule I find the Home Brands are really excellent, there are a few exceptions, such as Home brand Instant Coffee, "FORGET IT, i THINK IT IS HORRIBLE. The Home Brand Spaghetti and Baked Beans have less of the solids and so much more of the fluids., SO NO GO. There are still plenty of other ones that are good. Such as Sugar. Sugar is sugar and cannot be altered, The flours are also good. and many other items. the only way to know is to try. BUT keep an eye on the prices as in some cases the Home Brand is more expensive than the branded product. Reply

Terri30573053

Posted by: Terri30573053
Posted: 1st Apr 2017

Terri30573053 says: I think that a lot of "home brands" are actually a great alternative and in some cases actually taste better than some others (looking at you black and gold cheese). compared to what it used to be only 10 years ago now, the quality has come a long way and is great for people who might not be able to afford the more expensive stuff without it affecting the taste and quality :) Reply

owainjmorris

Posted by: owainjmorris
Posted: 13th Apr 2017

owainjmorris says: i enjoyed Pam's soup mix',and stocked up on it when it was on special.
I visited my 2 local New World stores, to find neither stock it now.
No reason for it... Reply

June

Posted by: June
Posted: 1st May 2017

June says: I think some of the Home brands are very much maligned. We have been buying Coles Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies for quite a while and to me they are every bit as good or better than some of the well known Brands. They are full of Choc chips, are crispy and fresh and just melt in your mouth. Their value is fabulous as they cost $3.99 for a large pack of 400 grms. We've tried lots of other brands and we'll stick to these. Unfortunately there are other items I can no longer buy and still haven't been able to find substitutes as good. Green Valley Spanish Black Olives for instance although Sandhurst is not a bad alternative I suppose. So often products disappear even after being available for many years and never ever come back again. Reply

Nadine30724055

Posted by: Nadine30724055
Posted: 10th May 2017

Nadine30724055 says: I find that sometimes the home brand isn't just cheaper but in the case of cereals are also healthy or at least contain less sugar. Since Aldi we have definitely started to be open to different brands and cheaper products. Cheap doesn't necessarily mean worse. They can in fact be the same or better. However there are times spending a bit more on a brand does work. Reply

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 15th May 2017

says: Products that I am used to I will stick to the name brand but if it is something I have never tried before I will buy thecheapest brand which isn't always homebrand. If a product I usually buy is no longer available then I will go for the cheapest, whether it is homebrand or not. Reply

Tash2312

Posted by: Tash2312
Posted: 18th May 2017

Tash2312 says: A lot of homebrand groceries are just as good if not better than name brands,but in saying that I still have favourites that are name brands and will pay extra for Reply

Cheeki-Chick1

Posted by: Cheeki-Chick1
Posted: 19th May 2017

Cheeki-Chick1 says: I believe home brands have been forced to get better and more competitive over the years especially with the introduction of Aldi over like the last 15years. Though when saying that we need the brands to continue otherwise where do the true new ideas come from? Reply

pjohnw

Posted by: pjohnw
Posted: 26th May 2017

pjohnw says: Totally converted to ALDI , do about 95% of our shopping there now , great quality , best prices , and with their new fresh approach their fruit and veg is now great , and far cheaper than COLES or WOOLWORTHS. Reply

mausy

Posted by: mausy
Posted: 31st May 2017

mausy says: Some home brand products are good, some are not, quality can be an issue.. Not really hankering for anything.. Reply

chickenman

Posted by: chickenman
Posted: 6th Jun 2017

chickenman says: the main difference between "home" brand and "named" brands , is the price. but there are some lesser quality items in the mix.
Reply

Huk

Posted by: Huk
Posted: 16th Jun 2017

Huk says:
















































Were we do our shopping they have there brand and
other brands as well




Reply

Goboy

Posted by: Goboy
Posted: 16th Jun 2017

Goboy says: Home brands are significantly cheaper than named brands and come with a satisfaction guarantee. That being said there are still some products were the home brand does not taste as good as the name brand. For instance Home brand pineapple which is imported from Indonesia is nowhere near as tasty as the Australian Pineapple but canned fruit from South Africa is much firmer and tastes just as good as the Australian fruit. Reply

ZheHFang

Posted by: ZheHFang
Posted: 21st Jun 2017

ZheHFang says: Home brands are good for it is much cheaper with >95% similarity with other brands in the outside world. It has not much difference in terms of quality or taste as I have been experiencing those during my university life in Australia. Let's support home brands! Reply

Brazza

Posted by: Brazza
Posted: 1st Jul 2017

Brazza says: There are that many home brands on the shelf these days it's getting harder to find the name brands that you used to buy, the Home brands are ok if you need to save money, however they are just profiting of the research of the name brands. When was the last time a Home brand came out with a NEW product, never, they wait until the name brand does all the research & development then come out with their own. We need to remember that there is a reason why we pay more for the name brands & that is they have put the money up for the research & development of the product, if it doesn't work, they are the ones that are out of pocket.
Please remember to support our Farmers by only buying Brand name Milk, home brands only pay the Farmers a very small amount for their Milk. Reply

frannymanny

Posted by: frannymanny
Posted: 13th Jul 2017

frannymanny says: love home brand. I am very price driven Reply

katiemariem

Posted by: katiemariem
Posted: 1st Aug 2017

katiemariem says: I find that Aldi's homebrand items are so much better than those you buy at Coles and Woolworths. It really frustrates me that Coles and Woolies have done away with stocking brands that a lot of people have grown up with and always used. Plus it's terrible for certain Australian-owned companies that were previously stocked there. The homebrand products they offer are often quite similar in price but are horrendous quality. I'm definitely an Aldi convert! Reply

DeeEmDee

Posted by: DeeEmDee
Posted: 2nd Aug 2017

DeeEmDee says: It really depends on your palette. I've found that certain home brand products are a better quality product than the named brands. Majority of the time you are just paying for the brand/label.
Most brands these days aren't even made in the country and have been bought out by other countries that skimp on quality.
So in reality you're paying foreigners for mediocre quality foods.
I personally would pay extra for products that were grown or made in the country. Reply

super88

Posted by: super88
Posted: 3rd Aug 2017

super88 says: I've noticed some brands have gone missing from the shelves in Coles and Woollies.
Also some brands are now only available at one or the other.
Home brands are sometimes OK, but not all hit the same quality standard as name brands.
Aldi has a lot of different brands but the quality is fairly consistent across their product range.
The label on the product doesn't worry me much.
I'm always looking to save a dollar, but only buy a product once if the quality I'm looking for suffers. Reply

kaylanella

Posted by: kaylanella
Posted: 3rd Aug 2017

kaylanella says: There's quite a few brands that are no longer available and Homebrands great iv had no problems and it is a lot cheaper but there coming out with new stuff all the time so I'm not fussed Reply

woolysmissus

Posted by: woolysmissus
Posted: 3rd Aug 2017

woolysmissus says: Man, particularly Woolworths are discontinuing some of my preferred brands. Disappointing! I try some homebrands but find many are poorer quality. And to top it off, they are making these smaller in size and charging the same as they used to charge! I've stopped purchasing many of those on principle alone unless they have a good sale on them. Starting to just by basics, meat, veg, fruit and less of the easier quick meal options , sauces and such. Reply

spunky70

Posted by: spunky70
Posted: 4th Aug 2017

spunky70 says: To be honest I mostly buy the cheaper brands, because I have been told they are made by the same company that brands come from. But the cheaper brands are usually not perfect shape or something like that. And buy putting it in cheaper wrapping they are not wasting any products and we get things cheaper Reply

bj

Posted by: bj
Posted: 4th Aug 2017

bj says: I try one every now and then.Some are better than the big brand.
If we talk frozen food most comes from the same factory, just different labels on different days.
Reply

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 4th Aug 2017

says: I'm on a budget so I usually buy the cheapest things possible. The quality maybe better in brand products but as a student it is not worth the extra money to sacrifice a few extra items for something that is 'better'. Although I do find that I crave certain brand names such as smiths and red rock deli. I find these are a lot tastier than the home brand chips and I will only buy brand names when it comes to chips although I don't buy them often. Reply

AAR 777

Posted by: AAR 777
Posted: 9th Aug 2017

AAR 777 says: This is completely NOT related to the topic.

But, i need help!

I keep trying to complete the surveys, but as soon as I get to the second question ("Asking who in your household works in the following: ...") and then click next. I get the following message:
"However, this survey is now full or due to your response(s) so far, the remaining questions are not relevant to you."

This happened to me 3 times in a row. Can anyone explain of what the cause may be or what i am doing wrong?
Reply

Camin3D

Posted by: Camin3D
Posted: 11th Aug 2017

Camin3D says: I tend to rely on Home Brand because I'm a poor uni student. But having said that, I'd honestly probably still buy Home Brand even if I did have money! Reply

rhyannion31151324

Posted by: rhyannion31151324
Posted: 25th Aug 2017

rhyannion31151324 says: Sometimes home brand is better but it will vary from each person I prefer to buy both name brand and home brand but it will vary on each product Reply

Anonymous

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 1st Sep 2017

says: Lots of this stuff I saw only one or twice, I liked it, looked for more but they disappeared from shelves for ever!!!! Reply

auzie3136

Posted by: auzie3136
Posted: 8th Sep 2017

auzie3136 says: Yes looklively, There are just so many brands disappearing from our Supermarkets and being replaced by unknown brands that it is hard to find your favourite brands. I really miss a lot of those brands that I have enjoyed over the years. Too many of the new brands have ingredients and flavours that either do not agree with me or the flavours are not as good as they used to be. Reply

Annalise31163501

Posted by: Annalise31163501
Posted: 17th Sep 2017

Annalise31163501 says: i actually love homebrands, especially the coles one, there is a few products where i have to buy the known brand, but for most things, home brand all the way!!! Reply

Annalise31163501

Posted by: Annalise31163501
Posted: 17th Sep 2017

Annalise31163501 says: favourite home brand is definitely coles for sure, and it's really good. There's a few products where i need to buy the big brand, but other things, home brand all the way!!! Reply

Jayden30503488

Posted by: Jayden30503488
Posted: 17th Sep 2017

Jayden30503488 says: In many cases brand name suppliers will supply for both their own brand and also the home brand of the stockist, such as Woolworths and Coles. Reply

Create a new topic to discuss