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Old 09-29-2011, 09:30 AM   #1
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Name brand versus off brand

When you grocery shop does it matter to you what brand you use? Have certain brands worked better than others? Is there a store brand or off brand that has worked better than a name brand?

Depending on the product sometimes you don't get the same outcome as you would using a namebrand. Like I have tried storebrand cream cheese in the place of philly and I didn't like the difference. I felt like the texture and taste was different.

My experience has mostly been the quality of off brands don't always hold up to name brands. But I also know you're paying more because of the brand name.

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I have tried a number of store brand products where we regularly shop and have come away dissatisfied almost all the time. Almost half-gallon cartons OJ is about all I will buy of store brand products.
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Old 09-29-2011, 09:58 AM   #3
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I have tried a number of store brand products where we regularly shop and have come away dissatisfied almost all the time. Almost half-gallon cartons OJ is about all I will buy of store brand products.
Have you tried Simplyorange orange juice?? It's now my favorite orange juice. They also have lemonade, limeade, and other juices. Just wanted to add that, lol.
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No, I haven't. I just buy plain old OJ with the normal amount of pulp.
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With some products, it's really hard for manufacturers to make a "seconds" type of the same thing without ruining it.

I have a friend who used to work at a mixing-packaging company that made several of the more popular sauces here in the south. He said some of the products had as little difference as the addition of xanthan gum to the mix. Other than that, product X and Y were identical. X was a name brand and Y was a store brand.

He told me about many products that were that way. They made him sign a non-disclosure statement before he could work there. He gets all nervous when we discuss it.
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Old 09-29-2011, 10:16 AM   #6
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We always keep a few frozen veggies in the freezer in one pound bags. I tried the store brand and found peas and corn woody and tasteless. String beans always had extraneous matter such as stems in the bag.

Unfortunately, there isn't much shelf space allowed for name brands and then only for the expensive veggies in a sauce.

Same goes for shredded cheese. Name brands are limited to low fat cheeses.

All this to force you to buy store brands.
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I have tried a number of store brand products where we regularly shop and have come away dissatisfied almost all the time. Almost half-gallon cartons OJ is about all I will buy of store brand products.
I totally agree.

The brand absolutely matters.

I hardly ever by store-brand, exept Stop and Shop milk because it is literally the same as name brand and Natures Promise meat products.
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I buy store brands for alot of things but I have not found 1 product from "Value Time" brand that I have liked. I mean they can mess up frozen corn.
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No, I haven't. I just buy plain old OJ with the normal amount of pulp.
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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I totally agree.

The brand absolutely matters.

I hardly ever by store-brand, exept Stop and Shop milk because it is literally the same as name brand and Natures Promise meat products.

When it comes to milk I only use to buy Barbers but it's gotten so expensive now that I get Turner. I swear I can tell a difference, lol. I know Turner is a good brand but Barber just seems a little richer to me.

Speaking of Barbers...Do they still sell Barbers icecream anywhere? You can't find it here..
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