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# 183724 27-Oct-2015 21:28
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Ive noticed some of the budget products are exactly the same as home brands (cat biscuits)

Does anyone have any info about who makes home brand, budget, pams, signature range, select etc products :D

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  # 1415096 27-Oct-2015 21:31
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It depends on the product.

Some will be small companies, mostly they are big brand companies selling the exact same product as their own brand.




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  # 1415100 27-Oct-2015 21:34
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They are not always to the same standards between homebrand/pams and their own brand either. Cheap packet soups come to mind. Identical packets inside, but the cheap ones just clump and leave gooey mess, whereas the branded ones dissolve properly.




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  # 1415102 27-Oct-2015 21:39
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Pam's milk is from Fonterra but then most milk is.





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  # 1415103 27-Oct-2015 21:43
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Let you in on a secret - even 6 figure income households and millionaires still buy budget. Milk is milk. 

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  # 1415112 27-Oct-2015 21:54
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I switched over to Pam's/Homebrand etc milk about a year ago, there's zero difference in taste or quality and it's at least $1 cheaper for a 2L bottle. You're just paying for the Anchor bottle really. 

For pretty much everything else I buy non-budget brands though. Although now I think about it I don't buy a lot of food that is available under those brands..



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  # 1415113 27-Oct-2015 22:01
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bmt: I switched over to Pam's/Homebrand etc milk about a year ago, there's zero difference in taste or quality and it's at least $1 cheaper for a 2L bottle. You're just paying for the Anchor bottle really. 

For pretty much everything else I buy non-budget brands though. Although now I think about it I don't buy a lot of food that is available under those brands..


The weird thing is, Foodstuffs make both Pams and Budget milk

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  # 1415120 27-Oct-2015 22:30
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sometimes you find out when the big companies have to recall their products . I remember when Cerobos had to recall all their pickles and chutneys, Pams chutney's were also recalled. 




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  # 1415121 27-Oct-2015 22:30
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Every product is different. Most Nz milk comes from Fonterra Inc anchor and Budget. The only difference there is the label and the price.

Other things, read the ingredient list




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  # 1415166 28-Oct-2015 06:15
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Yabanize:
bmt: I switched over to Pam's/Homebrand etc milk about a year ago, there's zero difference in taste or quality and it's at least $1 cheaper for a 2L bottle. You're just paying for the Anchor bottle really. 

For pretty much everything else I buy non-budget brands though. Although now I think about it I don't buy a lot of food that is available under those brands..


The weird thing is, Foodstuffs make both Pams and Budget milk


That's because they're both Foodstuffs brands.


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  # 1415185 28-Oct-2015 07:42
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There are a lot of good quality brands selling under the "no name" scheme. 

Unfortunately you can't always guarantee quality - in most cases, it's the same or similar - in some the product is clearly inferior. 

It's trial and error - and when you get a good product, you should take note, as you can save a fortune. 

Classic cases of the quality not quite being up to scratch: Budget vs Skippy cornflakes, Packet Soups (as mentioned above), Heinz vs Budget Baked Beans etc.
 
Some of the products that are as good or better: Malt biscuits (Budget), Milk, Tinned Fruit etc. 

All just takes a bit of trying over time. 




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  # 1415190 28-Oct-2015 08:18
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I'm aware that a lot of it is manufactured by the big brands and just re-packaged but have not been interested enough to research who makes each item. In my experience, I'm usually disappointed by the Budget (white and blue label) brand, although that may be just the particular products I've bought. On the other hand I buy a lot of Pams and Select brand stuff, depending on where I'm shopping, and generally find it to be just as good as the name brand stuff.

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  # 1415191 28-Oct-2015 08:23
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In the early days of housebrands the products existed solely to provide a price point - retailers didn't actually want the product to sell. They just wanted a cheaper option in the marketplace which people would look at and decide that because of the cheap price and poor packaging that they'd upsell to a higher priced product. Things have changed a lot in this regard over the years.

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  # 1415201 28-Oct-2015 08:34
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Not all milk is the same. Some of the smaller brand have a 'superior' product...RE: "snot-like" Permeate
http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/business/6789196/Small-firms-don-t-use-permeate
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10834725



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Worked in a pita bread factory, Which made different brands. The bread was the same, after a run of a Signature brand bread we would stop the line to the change the packaging to budget brand packaging. Same bread just in a different packaging.





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  # 1415471 28-Oct-2015 13:00
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There are differences in the formulations of the milk (and you can taste them, especially in full fat).

Specialist producers have other features such as being permeate free, not using PKE and so on.





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