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Old 09-29-2011, 11:01 AM   #11
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Having been poorer before I retired, I bought store brands. Now that I am in a better situation, I have tried the name brands again, and many times find I like the store brand just as well, or sometimes better.

My cooking has improved so much since I've been with DC that many of the store brands and name brands just aren't as good as they used to be. Either my palate has improved, or they are actually worse, but I do find myself making things from scratch a lot more now.
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Old 09-29-2011, 11:02 AM   #12
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Once you buy Simply Orange, you will never go back...

Name brand shopper for the most part. Some store brand canned veggies and fruit are fine, depends on what I am using them for.

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Old 09-29-2011, 11:15 AM   #13
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If I'm using the product in a dish I'll usually go store brand. If it's a stand alone item, I go name brand. Things like canned tomatoes, canned beans (kidney, pinto, etc), cream soups that get added to casseroles will be store brand. I get the store brand neufchatel cheese and that works as a replacement for cream cheese in most of my recipes. I'm not against using store brands but will go back to name brand if I don't like the results.
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Old 09-29-2011, 11:56 AM   #14
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If I'm using the product in a dish I'll usually go store brand. If it's a stand alone item, I go name brand. Things like canned tomatoes, canned beans (kidney, pinto, etc), cream soups that get added to casseroles will be store brand. I get the store brand neufchatel cheese and that works as a replacement for cream cheese in most of my recipes. I'm not against using store brands but will go back to name brand if I don't like the results.
That's what I do...thanks for verbalizing it for me.
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Old 09-29-2011, 12:46 PM   #15
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I use store brand flour and sugar, and have never noticed any difference. I am not an expert baker, but I do a lot of no-knead bread, and everyone raves about it. Store brand butter--ok for cooking, but I go for Land o' Lakes for topping veggies or bread.

I buy Planters peanuts and cashews--definite quality difference. Generic soda is yucky, at least the diet type. If I decide to splurge on ice cream, only the expensive stuff will do--generic doesn't have any flavor.

I don't use many processed things, so I don't have any opinion on canned or packaged stuff.
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Old 09-29-2011, 12:53 PM   #16
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In my area the Wegmans grocery chain has worked hard to market its store brand to be the preferred choice. In many cases when they develop a store brand item they drop the name brand item. People tend to be total converts when they become Wegmans shoppers. It is an interesting approach.

The Americas Choice or Americas Best that the Price Chopper stores use for some in house items is also very good.

For me I shop price and if the quality is comparable I always go for the cheaper option. Also as i get older I seem to be buying less bottles and cans in favor of fresh items so the brand is not as much of an issue.
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Old 09-29-2011, 12:54 PM   #17
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For some reason, this reminds me of Andy's recent Dunkin' Donuts thread...
The label may not be what we think it is, including so-called generic or store brands.

Businesswise, there're compelling reasons for the chokepoint of supermarkets to "make" and sell their own "brand." It's a double whammy. They not only reap much of the production/distribution margins, but they're also able to leverage that cost advantage against brands. My local Safeway chain stopped stocking my preferred package of frozen seafood. Why? Because that freezer is now almost entirely filled with their store brand label.

The issue for me on this good question, nikki, is not so much one of quality, but loss of diversity and choice on market shelves. I do buy them. But they scare me. There is nothing behind the label. It's just pasta, but it feels like I'm buying a mortgage-backed securities note...
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Old 09-29-2011, 01:00 PM   #18
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Spork,

Your comment on the lack of diversity is an excellent one. It reminds me of a recent book that indicates the worlds food supply is primarily controlled by 5 companies and seven families.

This is a sobering thought.

You gonna eat that last piece a soylent green or can I have it?
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Old 09-29-2011, 01:25 PM   #19
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For some reason, this reminds me of Andy's recent Dunkin' Donuts thread...
The label may not be what we think it is, including so-called generic or store brands.

Businesswise, there're compelling reasons for the chokepoint of supermarkets to "make" and sell their own "brand." It's a double whammy. They not only reap much of the production/distribution margins, but they're also able to leverage that cost advantage against brands. My local Safeway chain stopped stocking my preferred package of frozen seafood. Why? Because that freezer is now almost entirely filled with their store brand label.

The issue for me on this good question, nikki, is not so much one of quality, but loss of diversity and choice on market shelves. I do buy them. But they scare me. There is nothing behind the label. It's just pasta, but it feels like I'm buying a mortgage-backed securities note...
Great point.
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Old 09-29-2011, 02:11 PM   #20
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Here's one example of "What exactly is it"

Win-Dixie brand cat food. I buy one can per/day worth of the small cans of cat food for my outside cat, which I then mix with his dry food.

The name brand stuff has little pieces of *meat* in it that is in a gravy. Tuna looks like flakes of tuna. For sure, it's the part of the tuna that humans don't eat, but it's probably really tuna.

The Win-Dixie brand that is one-cent per/can cheaper is like brown paste stuff that all smells the exact same regardless of what the can says. "Chicken and Giblets"...yeah, right. More brown pasty stuff.

I think the cats call the brown stuff "Soylent Brown". Rumor has it that it's made from dead cats...Movie coming...

Hey, my little Kitty deserves the best. I pay the extra cent and get him the good stuff!
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