General chatter - NAME vs. STORE BRANDS....

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10-02-2009, 10:09 AM
I saw a segment yesterday on the news. The story was a Consumer Report story on name brand foods vs. store brand.

Seems the taste testers found that something like 24 of the 28 store brand items tasted the same or better than the name brand. There was quite a variety of items and stores.

Although Angie and I buy several Kirkland products from Costco, we usually buy name brand foods. We shop at Ralphs/Krogers most of the time.

I will say that when the kids were here we always bought the Private Selection brand ice cream at Ralphs...they liked it better and it costs less :)

We can all afford to save a buck these days can't we? :)

How about you...any store brand foods/products you like the same or better?

10-02-2009, 10:16 AM
I will always try the store brands , if I don't like them I don't buy them again. I buy Safeway store brand, milk, butter, detergents, etc and see no difference in taste or quality.

10-02-2009, 10:37 AM
I was a ketchup snob and would only buy Heinz. Then my husband put me to a blind taste test, and it turns out I much prefer the store brand.

10-02-2009, 10:59 AM
I tend to be picky about items and brands. Like I usually make my own salsa, but sometimes I want to just buy it and I only really like one brand, that Desert Pepper Trading Co. one. I also don't eat ice cream, so I depend on name brands for the coconut/dairy free options.

In fact a lot of the items that I purchase, I tend to focus my purchases on organic or soy/health foodie type items. So, those are all name brands or etc... Things like detergent I have to use Seventh Generation or something with no fragrance lol. I'm allergic lol. I sound like a food/purchase snob lol.

Haha...maybe I am, but I just am picky and with my diet of no meat, no dairy, no eggs, no I'm restricted! Yeah, but with things like salsa I've tried other brands, hate them...even the store brands. Booo on me.

Shannon in ATL
10-02-2009, 11:03 AM
I get a lot of Archer Farms & Market Panty products from Target. The Market Pantry honey nut cheerios are fabulous, can't tell a bit of difference. Most of their products are great, but oddly, sometimes more expensive than the name brands. :shrug: The Market Pantry of the regular handle tie trash bags are a little thinner than the hefty, so tear easier, but are seriously cheaper so I've used them anyway. :)

Wal Mart's version of ziploc storage bags are weak and get holes pretty easily, and aren't cheaper enough to be worth it most of the time. Their freezer bags are fine.

Frozen broccoli has been odd - the smaller bags of Market Pantry have all been great, but I've tried multiple 5lb bags of the MP and they have all been just terrible.

Market Pantry peanut butter is yummy.

Can you tell I do most of my shopping at Target. :)

Oh yes, I also like the Private Selection products, but I get them at Kroger.

10-02-2009, 11:53 AM
SHANNON...I remember the story compared Target vs. Digiorno on a frozen pizza...came out equal...but the Target one was a buck cheaper.

Shannon in ATL
10-02-2009, 11:58 AM
The Target frozen pizzas are really good. The Archer Farms ones compare closer to the DiGiornio, the Market Pantry holds up pretty well against the Tombstone. And yes, $1 cheaper, sometimes more because they put the Target brand on sale a lot.

I don't understand why they have two different store brands, though.

10-02-2009, 12:36 PM
Most of the time generic products are made by the brand or by the same company that makes the product for the brand. Though, store brands aren't allowed to advertise that.

For example (I don't know if it's still true, but a few years back), White Wave (a brand that makes amazing soy milk)... also makes Whole Foods Market soy milk... but it's cheaper.

10-02-2009, 01:06 PM
I buy almost all store brand items for our staples. The exceptions are yogurt, string cheese, and laundry detergent. We've never been able to tell a difference and I'm trying to feed 3 kids on a budget. The kids actually prefer the store brand mac and cheese to Kraft. They said that the Kraft tasted "grainy". I did buy store brand frozen pancakes once, we'll never do that again, yuck!

10-02-2009, 01:13 PM
I dont buy store brand string cheese ever... it is mushy or something... I only like the kraft polly o kind... but otherwise store brands are usually ok

10-02-2009, 04:42 PM
I shop at Superstore mostly and I buy a TON of president's choice and "no name" brands. Same or BETTER taste... and way cheaper!

One thing I also buy brand name of is bread. I loves my orrowheat sprouted grain :)

10-02-2009, 06:06 PM
it depends on what i am buying canned soup i will buy the name brand. There is one thing i will always buy the store brand of ~Maccaroni and cheese~ there is a little neighborhood store just a few blocks from me and the their brand puts Kraft to shame. It has a better cheese flavor and is not as salty. This stores off brand of "kid" soda is the best ( by kid soda i mean orange, grape, cream soda those kinds.) Their cream soda is the best one. Everything else is more trial and error i will give them a shot but they do not always work out.

10-02-2009, 06:22 PM
I dont buy store brand string cheese ever... it is mushy or something... I only like the kraft polly o kind... but otherwise store brands are usually ok

"Slimy" is how the kids and I decribe it, in fact when we buy our name brand string cheese we still talk about how we're avoiding the "Slime Cheese".

Thighs Be Gone
10-02-2009, 07:15 PM
I am loyal to Tide Detergent and Schick brand razors. I am also loyal to Kashi cereal, Pepperidge Farm breads and snack items that my children eat. As far as things like paper towel, TP, tomato sauce, pasta, mayo, ketchup, etc. I will use whatever is cheapest providing there are no fillers in it.

I love the bulk bins at the Farmer's Market and am finding that I use more and more things from them. You can't beat those prices.

p.s. I have been brand LOYAL to Maxwell House coffees for two decades. Recently, I bought Kroger brand. I couldn't believe it but I couldn't tell any difference.

10-03-2009, 03:04 AM
mostly i've been a no generics girl- but well i'm buying a house and we're saving every penny. i had albertsons generic chive cream cheese and it was funky. but the walmart generic of the same is quite tasty.
i'm trying to expand my horizons... but sometimes we look at the off brand and it just looks... off. lol.

10-03-2009, 11:43 AM
Do you have Smart and Final stores in your area ? I got eggs yesterday for 89 cents and butter for 1.79 . That is very cheap for our area. They have their own brands but I notice no differance in flavor or quality . Most of their sizes are too large for me so I only go once in awhile .

10-03-2009, 01:13 PM
I consider cost and taste preferences when buying our food. Branding is pretty low on my priorities. I'm not afraid to buy the cheapest brand of many foods, and if it's good, I'll rebuy it. I've had as many disappointments with nationally advertised brands as store brands, so I tend to prefer store brands (at least if I don't like it, I've paid less for it).

I love Aldi's and Walmart's store-brands (both have satisfaction guarantees. Walmart will replace or refund and Aldi's gives a double-your-money-back policy. We've used Aldi's double money back guarantee on a couple occasions, though neither for quality/taste issues. One was a cereal box with a cut in the box (almost invisible, but it slashed through the box and the bag inside - probably when the stock person was opening the case), and the second was a jar of mustard that had a loose safety seal. We were really impressed with the reaction to the mustard. We only wanted a replacement, but were told to take two or take one and get our money back. We chose two mustards, and the clerk opened a new box and gave us two bottles after checking the seals - and she pulled the entire box of mustard that our original jar had come from. She said, they'd check each jar when they had time, but didn't want it on the shelves until they could be sure that it wasn't a factory problem.

10-03-2009, 01:25 PM
Love Trader Joes store brands.Otherwise usually name brands for me.

10-04-2009, 02:58 PM
Walmart store brand is high quality -- except for the laundry detergent. My clothes smelled BAD when I used it. They happily gave me my money back.

10-04-2009, 06:55 PM
I eat a can of soup most days for lunch...has anyone ever had the RALPHS/KROGERS brand?

10-04-2009, 07:22 PM
We had Kroger soup today for lunch. Creamy Tomato; it was yummy.

10-04-2009, 07:24 PM
Thanks MOM2QJandT...Peyton had a good day too!

10-04-2009, 07:30 PM
I have very little brand loyalty. If the generic is available and cheaper, I'll get that. If the name brand is on sale and it's cheaper, I'll get that. The few brand loyalties I have are for personal products and Surf laundry detergent (it's the only kind that doesn't irritate my skin). Otherwise I'm all about saving the money.

10-05-2009, 01:09 AM
agreed, sidhe. I usually buy whatever is cheapest! Mostly I can't tell a difference or don't mind if I can - honestly I can't think of any store brand foods I've tried that were really bad.

10-05-2009, 02:06 AM
I buy lots of Safeway brand items, including olive oil, breakfast cereal, frozen lasagna (for lunches), English muffins and milk. I stick to my Orowheat 12-grain bread because once I bought a store brand version and it tasted like sawdust. I've tried lots of spaghetti sauce in jars, but my favorite is Western Family brand and now it's the only one that I'll buy. I will buy just about anything with the Kirkland brand and I don't think I've ever had a bad experience. I always buy Kirkland butter, shrimp, frozen name it.

10-05-2009, 02:30 AM
I buy Aldi's brand cream soups and tomato soups, and they're better than Campbell's in my opinion (and about half the price). A friend recommended them to me when I asked for his "secret ingredient" in his green bean casserole (the classic cream of mushroom soup, grean beans, and Durkee fried onions mix). His "secret" was Aldi cream of mushroom soup. It's the only cream of mushroom soup that I thought was good enough to eat as soup, not just in recipes. It has a much more pronounced mushroom flavor than Campbell's and sells for only about 50 cents per can.

There aren't many brands I seek out, but those I do are often store brands. For example my favorite diet orange soda is the "Big Chill" diet orange soda (I believe it's the IGA store brand). My Favorite spaghetti sauces are the Aldi's brand sauces. They're one of the few sauces that I don't feel I have to "doctor" with my own ingredients (I may add a little more garlic, or additional vegetables, but that's about it).

My favorite salsa is the Walmart brand's black bean and corn salsa. It also makes an excellent simmering sauce for chicken. I just pour a jar over chicken pieces in a deep skillet or dutch oven, or in a crockpot. If I'm cooking on the stovetop, I add about 1/3 of a jar of water, and simmer until the chicken is done. YUMMY! It's really good with almost any salsa, in fact I've found that if I buy a salsa that I don't care for straight from the jar, it usually still makes a pretty good cooking salsa. Just be sure to buy a salsa one heat level below your preference. So if you like a medium salsa with chips, use a mild salsa for cooking. If you like a mild salsa, then use a mild salsa, but dilute it with an equal part of plain tomato or V-8 juice or tomato sauce.

10-05-2009, 02:35 AM
I know you all are mostly comparing foods, but how do you feel about cosmetics? I noticed Target, CVS, Walgreens,etc all have their own versions of skincare lines- like the store brands of Olay Effects is quite a bit cheaper, has the same ingredients,..but are they the same quality?

10-05-2009, 02:36 AM
My boyfriend complains about when i buy generic brands sometimes, not always, it usually depends on what it is. If it's Triscuits, he'll complain because the generic ones "aren't as big" as the name brand. Peanut butter just isn't as good if it isn't Peter Pan. However, that's his issue. I never notice a difference between name brand vs. generic really. once in a while there may be like a size difference or what have you, but other than that, there isn't too much of a difference.

10-05-2009, 03:16 AM
I know you all are mostly comparing foods, but how do you feel about cosmetics? I noticed Target, CVS, Walgreens,etc all have their own versions of skincare lines- like the store brands of Olay Effects is quite a bit cheaper, has the same ingredients,..but are they the same quality?

Sometimes yes, sometimes no. I buy the Target version of Aveeno hand lotion and it's fine (and way cheaper!). But I tried the Target version of the Aveeno gentle facial scrub and didn't care for it at all; I threw most of it out. I haven't seen the generic cosmetics. I'm really picky about my facial moisturizers so I tend to stick with the name brand stuff on that--my skin is so sensitive to break outs that I don't want to shake things up. Oh, I use Target shave gel on occasion and it seems fine. Normally if I'm going to go cheaper on things like shampoo I'll go with Suave (but right now I'm using the giant Kirkland shampoo/conditioner and loving it).

10-05-2009, 03:33 AM
I buy Walgreen's and Walmart's version of Head & Shoulders (my dermatologist recommended that I use a dandruff shampoo with zinc pyrithione as my only soap, because the zinc compound kills bacteria, viruses, and fungi/yeasts that cause many skin irritations). I like the scent of the Walmart version the best. I will buy the Head & Shoulders hair conditoner occasionally, because there is no store-brand version. Usually though I use the Walmart 2in1 shampoo/conditioner. I use it as my face soap, body wash, and shampoo. It's been wonderful for my complexion, as I was having problems with rosacea, breakouts, and a flaky/crusty/oozy rash caused by seborrheic dermatitis. I was also having a dermatitis on my feet that was insanely itchy and dry. It was horrific, but the dandruff shampoo has been great (it has to be a zinc based shampoo, not selenium).

I also use Walmart's version of Oil of Olay for sensitive skin with Spf (I think it's called "Oil of Beauty."

It's a name brand, but not an expensive cosmetic, but I find that the Cover Girl Mineral Makeup works as well for me as the far more expensive brands of mineral makeup (it does come in fewer skintones, but the second palest color works fine for me). I'm very allergic to most makeups, and can only wear the mineral makeups - and even then only for a few hours or I break out pretty badly. Either cystic breakouts or red, dry, flaky itchiness.

I'm allergic to beeswax so I have to be careful of lipsticks. It doesn't matter the brand. It's so common in lipsticks that it's hard to find a brand (cheap or expensive) that is beeswax free.

10-05-2009, 10:16 AM
I buy all my cosmetics on line.Nordstroms store brand is e.l.f cosmetics.Everything is 1 dollar.Awesome makeup!

10-06-2009, 12:22 AM
Special K crackers, Sara Lee 45 calorie delightful bread, Breyers carb smart vanilla ice cream, Sargento cheese sticks, Aussie hair products, Palmolive - those are the only things I'm brand loyal to that I can think of. My husband is loyal to Country Crock, Steak-Ums, and Heinz. Our cats are brand loyal to Kitten Chow and Friskies canned food, Pounce treats, and Whiskas Temptations treats - that is mostly one of the cats who will be sick if we try to feed him anything other than kitten chow or friskies shredded canned food. We buy a lot of Wal-Mart brand things. The Great Value version of Crystal Light is sooooo much better than regular Crystal Light and it is 0 calories instead of 5 and way cheaper. We do not buy Wal-Mart coffee, we did once and it sucked. For most things we buy whatever is cheapest as long as I don't take issue with the nutritional label.