The best rated brands across a range of consumables have been announced by Australia’s most visited comparison website, Finder – from jam to long-life milk, the 2020/2021 Finder Retail Awards reveal the brands Aussies love to eat and drink.
Finder worked with world-leading data, insights and consulting company Kantar to analyse the results of thousands of responses from Australian consumers on their recent purchases.
Australians were asked to rate the brands of pantry and fridge staples by factors like taste, value for money and whether they’d recommend them to a friend.
Kate Browne, retail expert at Finder and former “Guilty Mum” reporter on ABC’s The Checkout, said that choosing the right brand for your ingredients can make all the difference to a home cooked meal or morning caffeine hit.
“No brand won more than one consumable product category, showing that it really is worth shopping around for the best-rated food staples.” said Browne.
Best rated pantry and fridge staples for 2020/2021:
Butter – Western Star
“A great meal often starts with a great butter, and Western Star is our respondents top pick. Top rated for texture and packaging design, it also beat out other brands such as Lurpak and Devondale for taste.”
Yoghurt – Gippsland
“The yoghurt brand that scored the best for consistency, Gippsland also ranked well for taste, variety and value for money.”
Bread – Abbott’s Village Bakery
“Whether you’re looking to make the perfect morning toast or lunchtime sandwich, Abbott’s Village Bakery is the best-rated bread. Recommended by 94% of Australians, it was rated as having the best texture and taste, as well as high scores for freshness and value for money.”
Fresh Milk – Riverina
“According to Aussies, Riverina is the fresh milk brand to buy, thanks to strong scores across the board.”
Nut/Plant-based Milk – Bonsoy
“The best rated nut or plant-based milk brand, Bonsoy took out this category thanks to its high ratings for taste, freshness and packaging design.”
Long Life Milk – Woolworths
“Woolworths won the long life milk category award this year. It had high scores for freshness as well as value for money, beating out brands such as Coles, ALDI, A2 and Dairy Farmers.”
Tea Bags – Tetley
“Tetley has been crowned the best teabag brand thanks to its great taste. It also scored well for value for money and variety.”
Instant Coffee – Moccona
“Aussies rated Moccona the best brand for aroma, and it also ranked well for taste and value for money.”
Coffee Beans – Lavazza
“Australians rated Lavazza highly for coffee bean aroma, helping it take out this year’s Finder Award. Lavazza’s beans also rated well for taste and texture.”
Cheese – Bega
“Bega is this year’s best-rated brand for cheese texture and it also placed second for taste.”
Jam – Bonne Maman
“Receiving the top score for variety and high scores for consistency and taste, Bonne Maman jam is recommended by 96% of Aussies.”
Dips – Yumi’s
“With the highest score for taste and great ratings for variety of flavours, consistency and texture, Yumi’s is a crowd pleaser.”
Frozen vegetables – Market Fare (ALDI)
“ALDI has done it again and is this year’s frozen vegetables winner. Not only did it top the list for value for money, but it also took out the number one spot for quality and taste.”