But with milk, my understanding was it's all the same, just in different bottles.
ETA: currently, Coles branded cheese is produced by Bega. So I guess I actually like Bega cheese.
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22-05-2016 13:22 #131
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22-05-2016 13:26 #132
I want to buy branded milk but...
organic and non homogenised milk would definitely have a different taste, not sure if adding permiate to some milks makes a difference in taste either?
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22-05-2016 13:40 #134
I'd say the branded products have done an excellent job in marketing if there's a perceived difference in taste. I've been googling furiously and everything from anecdotal reports on forums to choice articles all suggest it's the same milk.
22-05-2016 13:46 #135
22-05-2016 13:54 #136
I adore milk. It wreaks havoc on my psoriasis but I drink it anyway. I used to be intolerant when I was little and could only drink UHT milk. I think this thread is good in that it's made me (and presumably others) reconsider their milk purchasing habits. I've done a lot of research over the last day or so and am glad to see that the brand we buy doesn't appear to be on the "naughty list" of suppliers. I have no hesitation in swapping if it transpires that they are though.
As a bit of a side note, I love this website in general but here's the link to their milk thread specifically which lists each brand, who it's owned by and where they sit on the ethical shopping list http://guide.ethical.org.au/guide/br...at=455&type=15
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22-05-2016 15:53 #137
It was the local dairy manager at my IGA who told me Harvey Fresh was sold to the Chinese, but I can't find anything online about it. I was asking her about the change in taste and she said it was sold a few months back which is when I noticed a difference. But all I can find is it was sold to Parmalat (which is an Italian company) in 2014.
Harvey Fresh seem to pay the farmers more though. We have friends getting .48-50cents p/l while others at Brownes are getting around .35-40 (I think those figures are right, around that anyway). That's part of the problem. Since deregulation, they can set the price and it can vary dramatically from farm to farm. Even if the milk is the same quality!
22-05-2016 16:34 #138
We have only one local milk producer in our area who sources local dairies but on closer inspection is owned by Fonterra.... who are meant to be the bad guys. So it's either them or HB/Coles/Aldi milk
22-05-2016 17:00 #139
A nice independent small dairy in nth qld is Gallo. They only do cheese and chocolate. They are so dam yummy. You can go to the farm and watch the entire process. From milking the cows to processing and packaging. Than taste test at their cafe.
They sell their stuff in most towns in nth qld.
We have did the tour a few years ago.
22-05-2016 18:28 #140
And in response to different qualities of milk- when Coles and woollies are looking for manufacturers of their products, the companies put in tenders for them. The company who can supply their product at the cheapest price will win the tender for x amount of years. The products are literally made in the same factories as where some of your favourite big brand dairy products are made. It's not special machinery, they can't filter out all the good bits- although other bits might be added (permeate anyone?)- so the cheap milk actually isn't that much different.
Df works for a big name dairy company. They recently lost their Supermarket cheese production to MG (I think- either them or fonterra), but have another year or so on the contract before it changes over. He swears it is the same cheese as the big name, but I don't know. I always think it grows mould faster than the big name cheese and I refuse to buy the supermarket brand one on that point alone.
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