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Old 10-07-2012, 03:39 PM   #1
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Store Brands - Which ones do you like and trust?

My husband does most of the grocery shopping in our house. Once in a while he brings home the store brand of a product and I don't like it. Not sure if it's because I know it's not the name brand or if I don't really like it.

Do you have any store brands that you like as much as the name brand?
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:42 PM   #2
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I love the Publix brand! Except their "Poptarts" and salsa.
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:50 PM   #3
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I will buy any Kirkland Signature (Costco) item except their environmentally friendly dish soap because I hate the smell. But I have liked every other Kirkland Signature item I ever bought. I also buy almost everything from the Meijer store brand if I don't buy it at Costco. My default is always the store brand unless the name brand is cheaper on sale. It is easier for me to list the few non-store brand items I buy. They are:

-King Arthur flour
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-Bullseye BBQ sauce (no high fructose corn syrup)
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:58 PM   #4
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I love everything Kirkland (Costco), but I have not tried their brand of soda. I gotta have my Coke and Dr. Pepper!
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Old 10-07-2012, 06:24 PM   #5
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Well he was talking about Crisco shortening - whether the store brand would be just as good as the name brand. I was planning on making an apple pie and a pumpkin pie so I didn't want to mess with the ingredients right now. Anybody use a different brand of vegetable shortening?
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Old 10-07-2012, 06:34 PM   #6
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Nope...I buy Crisco every time. It isn't worth your recipe turning out poorly!
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Old 10-07-2012, 06:49 PM   #7
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I love the Publix brand! Except their "Poptarts" and salsa.
Glad you said that about the Pop tarts, I have been tempted several times, even though I rarely purchase pop tarts.

I do love most Publix brands, however I must add their tomato sauce to the list. I can't stand it, thin and watery.
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Old 10-07-2012, 06:57 PM   #8
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Surprisingly, seems like every time Consumer Reports reviews food/cleaning products, etc Great Value (Walmart) is usually in the top 5.
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:01 PM   #9
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Great value butter quarters at Walmart are made by Cabot! Generic brands are made on the same line as the name brands... The machine never stops producing, they only change the case packaging boxes!
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:10 PM   #10
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I rarely buy store brand products of anything, because in our area with double and triple coupons, plus sales, the brand names are always cheaper.

I do buy a lot of my produce at Aldi's because it is usually very fresh, and so much cheaper than the other grocery stores - exceptions are good sales.

I have tried different store brand items before and have always been sorry, so I stick with the tried and true.
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:13 PM   #11
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Great value butter quarters at Walmart are made by Cabot! Generic brands are made on the same line as the name brands... The machine never stops producing, they only change the case packaging boxes!
We used Walmart's baby formula - made at the same as factory as Enfamil!
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:27 PM   #12
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Great value butter quarters at Walmart are made by Cabot! Generic brands are made on the same line as the name brands... The machine never stops producing, they only change the case packaging boxes!
Thanks for the heads up on the butter! With holiday baking around the corner that's good to know.
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:53 PM   #13
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We used Walmart's baby formula - made at the same as factory as Enfamil!
Just because something is made at the same factory doesn't mean the same recipe or ingredients are used. Not that Walmart baby formula is bad, just that making something on the same line does NOT mean it is the same as the name brand. It could be better, it could be worse.

That said, I like Kroger's Raisin Bran. It's better than Kellogg's - it has more raisins!
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:13 PM   #14
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If you live in maryland or virginia or pa personally you cant go wrong with Wegmans brand products!!!Great quality for the price
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:18 PM   #15
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Here in Texas, HEB will sometimes have a sale where if you buy the name brand item you can get the HEB version free. I did that with bread once and they tasted the exact same. Pretty much except for Coke products I buy whatever is cheapest.
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