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Max asked in Food & DrinkOther - Food & Drink · 4 weeks ago

Why are cheap brands of foods often so much better?

Great value instant coffee is richer and tastier than nescafe coffee, and bolder. Great value heavy whipping cream is much creamier than Land o Lakes Heavy whipping cream, the Land o Lakes being much more expensive and containing skim milk as part of the ingredients, unlike the great value brand. I've noticed folgers coffee usually tastes better than Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts. Cheaper brands like Martinellis of apple cider and fruit juices often taste better than name brands like an expensive half gallon of Tropicana. Even cheap bread from a local bakery often tastes better than name brands like Schmitt.

So why does it seem like cheaper is often better when it comes to food and drink? It seems like if it's a store brand or a cheap brand, it usually tastes better.

Thanks in advance for any input or opinions. All the best.

4 Answers

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago
    Favourite answer

    I wouldn't say that it's better quality, but definitely better value.

    There some things I always buy store brand but there are some things where name brand is definitely better.

    There are also some store brands that are better than others.

    IMO Western Family products are crap and I won't buy them.   The Safeway store brand is ok and so is QFC.    The Costco store brand Kirkland products are generally excellent quality.

    Some things where name brand is way better...DeCecco pasta, Cento or San Marzano canned tomatoes, Parmesan Reggiano...

  • 4 weeks ago

    I prefer a store brand frozen O.J. concentrate over both name brands and another store's brand that is more expensive. 

  • ?
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Try true value orange juice - watered down OJ at best, but mostly the store brands are comparable

  • .
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    They want to impoverish the snobs?  

    Blue Plate mayo!

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