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Supermarket Own Branded Food

Updated on May 25, 2008

We used to shop at TESCO and really liked the supermarket branded products, TESCO Value. But we moved our house recently, there is no TESCO near by, we shift to Sainsbury's and found that Sainsbury's has quite similar own branded products, Sainsbury's Basic, as Tesco Value, and we like it very much.

I am sorry for probably stating the obvious, but buying supermarket own brand products would probably drastically reduce your food bill. And if you can I would suggest trying all the value/basics versions of what you would normaly buy. They are so cheap it wont be the end of the world if you dont like them.

I for example buy Sainsbury's basics cornflakes at 29p for 500g, kelloggs are over £2! Another of my favourite value buys is a basics jar of curry sauce at 4p, and its absolutley fabulous, to be honest, with boiled basic long rice of course! I wonder how much a glass jar cost and how much profit Sainsbury's could make from this product. But unfortunately, the price of curry sauce has now been risen to 8p, but still very cheap.

  • tinned baked bean/spaghetti
  • tinned tomatoes
  • fairtrade bananas - they say there are supposed to be 8 of them in the pack but I routinely find 9-11 in there
  • basic potatoes - large bag. I have found these just as tasty as the more expensive range and are mostly seem better quality in terms of not throwing them away due to manky parts of the potato
  • basics apples - it states on the front of the packaging what variety of apples so one week it will be Braeburns and then a few weeks later they will be Gala apples etc.
  • basic peppers, although you normally only get around 1 red pepper
  • basic onions
  • Basic carrots.
  • Basic chocolate - this is actually really nice and my daughter likes it so much that I have to make a quota for her. Because I think this is pure chocolate, whenever my daughter eats too much, her nose start bleeding next day or even that night. I really was scared one night, she drenched in blood when she woke up crying.
  • Basic rice crispies with chocolate coating,
  • Basic biscuits - if you're really not into you home baking these are just as good as the more expensive brand

You can go on like this with loads of things and its helped me half what I had started to spend on a weekly basis ! Of course my cupboards look a little boring but I have more money left in my purse after my weekly food

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      Manny 

      9 years ago

      I'd like to cite Nitin's responce and just add that though SOME Sainsbury basics products do originate from China they pass through very tight health and safety standards within the UK itself before being allowed to be sold. I work for Nestle in Singapore and similar procedures aapply when food from China comes in.

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      Manny 

      9 years ago

      I'd like to cite Nitin's responce and just add that though SOME Sainsbury basics products do originate from China they pass through very tight health and safety standards within the UK itself before being allowed to be sold. I work for Nestle in Singapore and similar procedures aapply when food from China comes in.

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      Manny 

      9 years ago

      I'd like to cite Nitin's responce and just add that though SOME Sainsbury basics products do originate from China they pass through very tight health and safety standards within the UK itself before being allowed to be sold. I work for Nestle in Singapore and similar procedures aapply when food from China comes in.

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      nitin 

      9 years ago

      Hi Jim, thanks for the information. I am now less worried after your comments.

      Thanks and I will try now the basic food items

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      Dalriada Books Ltd 

      9 years ago from UK

      I worked in an Irish Cream Liqueur factory, and they produced for TESCO, M&S, ASDA, Sainsbury, most of those products are same thing as their own branded products with different labels.

      Chinese products for export are under stricter supervision and inspections than for local markets, the quality assurance has not only been done by Chinese producer, but also by custom of importer country.

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      Nitin 

      9 years ago

      I am just worried about the quality of the basic food. Though I also shop at Sainsbury's but I buy only the non-food basic items. I am not sure about the quality of the basic food items. I have heard that most of the basic items like toothpaste, jams, mayonnaise etc comes from China and quality of Chinese food items I can never trust. Could you please put some light on this. I would like to try the basic food items to save money but anxious about the quality. and when I asked the same question to Sainsbury staff at local store , they had no idea about it.

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      visheela 

      10 years ago

      thanks jim. your help is importent for me.

      visheela

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      AskSusanPeters 

      10 years ago from Oklahoma

      Wow!

      Just the information I've been looking for. I've bookmarked your hub just so I can come back and learn more.

      Thanks so much,

      Susan

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