Originally Posted by Dee Jsaan
I grew up around women who had studied "Home Economics" (anyone remember that)
I was also taught much of what I know by them. I first became an efficient cook
and learned to do so much with so little I thought I could do anything with practically nothing at all. LOL
Then later I was taken camping and began learning from Dad and Grandad and was shocked by their "cavalier" attitudes with the resources at hand. In time I began to lean about having a "flair" for cooking in the sense of a creative artist.
So I'm kind of the same way when shopping the large Super Store Grocery Markets. I'll examine the store container and and notice where it was made and find
other Name Brands using the same shape of container, see where it was made, and look closely at those coding numbers on the container to see how similar they are.
Packaging often betrays the fact that a Name Brand producer also runs the product for Store Branded products.
Recently I noticed at a Kroger store the Dukes Mayo was the same as the Kroger Store Brand. And I had noticed a Dawn Dish Washing Liquid with "Oil of Olay" in it (for a big price) has a very similar product at the Dollar Tree stores where the bottle contains shay butter vitamin e etc and the bottle is the mirror image of the Dawn bottle. The cap is the same etc. The label layout very similar even containing
some of the same text. But it's about 5 more ounces for $2 dollars less. Granted it
may not be exactly as good.
Yes, I notice these things too. I'm always looking for knock off recipes for seasonings and the like where I can just about buy all the ingredients for what that bottle cost...and have enough to fill several more bottles of it.
Oh my goodness, I thought that I was the only one to do that, LOL. I have found that the off brand of the laundry detergent that I buy is the same product in two stores, the containers and text on the labels are the same, with only the graphic designs being different, I keep an eye on which store has the best sale price and I get laundry detergent dirt cheap.
I'm always comparing ingredient labels and container shapes on name brand and store brand items. Very often if the ingredients are the same and in the same order, they are the same product with different labels and different prices.
With that said, many store brand items are made by companies that make nothing but private label products, usually processed foods, but for the basics like canned tomatoes and veg, flour, sugar etc.. are usually produced by the big name brands as there isn't usually a proprietary "recipe" involved.