I’m the one who does nearly all the grocery shopping in our household and I can say that I’ve been disappointed nearly 90% of the times when I purchase generic brands. Not sure why. I read the ingredients on both the brand names and the generic and they seem to be pretty much the same. Is it the quality of those ingredients that make a difference? Don’t know. The packaging doesn’t mean squat, of course, yet there must be something that causes it to taste inferior.
With the economic downturn, I’ve been trying to cut back on the grocery bill and have been buying more generic brands. When it comes to bread or milk, I really don’t see a difference, yet I’ve noticed a difference in canned goods, some frozen products and cereals.
I know a few people who swear by them, even saying that some generic brands are better than name brands. Not that I‘ve found so far … but then, I haven’t tried all products, of course. I’m also not saying that all generic brands are inferior. You gotta be able to cut corners when you can, but I’m certainly not going to make a habit of buying them unless the quality comes up … despite an effort to save a few pennies.
Have you tried a few generic brands and what’s your opinion of them?