I do not,as a rule,buy home brand food as I have found it often comes from China,India and Indonesia which I am extremely wary about! I have,however bout the Top of the range Woolworths Gold Belgian Chocolate Biscuit range as I know these are actually the famous and very delicious Desobry biscuits which are always so beautifully packaged at Christmas time!! I have also bought the home brand toilet paper,mot the super cheap one,but the 'Select'! It is made here in Australia,otherwise I would not buy it! I always check where everything comes from,and some thing I really hate is the way Dried Fruit from Angus Park,a very well known Aussie company from years back,is often a mix o0f local and IMPORTED products!! This annoys me no end,so I have stopped buying certain of their producys now.The Aussie farmers are already strugg;onmg and discarding too much of their crops each season,and it is just plain wrong not to support them! In fact,I usually got to the local fruit market where I know all the produce is not just Australian,but also LOCAL!! and b eing a SMALL business,this makes me feel much better,supporting them rather than the supermarket! Even a lot of the fruit in supermarkets is not from Australia,which was a huge shock when I realised this!
I mostly buy home brand if they are available. While I do agree ethically with the reasons for not buying these products, being on a tight budget this is not an option for my family. I have to go with what is the cheapest milk, butter, cheese etc or go without that product entirely, which I'm not willing to do.
NO home brands for me either, for all the same reasons that Finy has put forth. Even when on a tight budget, I refuse. I read an interesting article that said, consumers spend hugely on clothing etc and buy cheap at the supermarkets! That made me stop and think how right that was. I would rather buy fewer good Australian food items than ANY cheap imported stuff! What happens to us when there are no more farmers?
No problem with Woolies' 'Home Brand', 'Select', or 'Gold' products.
Their Bread & Milk baked/produced by top notch Australian companies' anyway, but don't have to pay the big price!
I buy what I can afford. I still 'toe the line' at many cheaper products eg buy GC Pineapple Slices, NOT Philippine imports!
I loathe having to buy home brands, particularly the Select brand from Woolworths. I find they have taken some of the brand names I used to buy and replaced them with theirs and 99% of them are imported.
Yes - I do. I buy Coles own brand milk and have never had a problem with it. I love milk and drink litres of it, hot, cold, lattes etc. I do buy own brand, cooking foil, baking paper and cling film, but don't tend to buy own brand food as am never sure of the quality of the product.