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    Woolworths branded milk

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    I got some Woolworths branded milk with a new label an its about 25c more expensive than their old white label milk.

    Its horrible has a funny chemical type taste to it that is worse when you steam it. If you use it on your weetbix it still tastes funny.

    The milk is fresh use by date days away and has been brought straight home from willies and put in the fridge.

    We are taking if back today for a refund.

    Up date it seems like it was that one bottle but dont kow if I trust it now.

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    Re: Woolworths branded milk

    I had the same problem with Woolworths & also Coles homebrand milk. They are cheaper, but I think they are diluted and should be investigated by the authorities.

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    Re: Woolworths branded milk

    Some time back i did a short stint at one of the countrys major dairies.
    We used to assist the guys on the bottling lines.
    When they went from bottling their "premium" milk to the " home branded" milk the only change was to the label.
    Same milk, same container, different label.
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    Re: Woolworths branded milk

    Same thing at breweries, i worked at CUB for while, we filled Melbourne Bitter stubbies for a run and then Victoria Bitter stubbies, I still laugh when people claim they can taste the difference!

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    Re: Woolworths branded milk

    Quote Originally Posted by 4D4B465F474B532A0 link=1295400136/3#3 date=1307436718
    Same thing at breweries, i worked at CUB for while, we filled Melbourne Bitter stubbies for a run and then Victoria Bitter stubbies, I still laugh when people claim they can taste the difference!
    Heh. No surprise ::)

    What worries me more is when they sell milk (and attempt to sell beer) at wholesale or even less to shaft their competition. Fuel margins are a relevant and current example.

    Its the lowest and crudest form of business and I have no respect for the decision makers in companies who think this conduct is fair and appropriate. The end result is always higher prices. We all lose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 54616C6B5F436F66666565000 link=1295400136/4#4 date=1307438999
    The end result is always higher prices.
    And fewer choices. :(

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    Re: Woolworths branded milk

    These days, I am using and happily paying the extra bucks for A2 milk. Its been incredibly consistent and no tummy grumbles if I go for a second cup.

    Even the low fat one has great mouthfeel.

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    Re: Woolworths branded milk

    +1 for A2.
    Kids even prefer A2 in their cereal too. Its only downside is that its a bit pricey at nearly $5 for 2L.
    I find Pura to be inconsistent
    Someone told me to get on to Jonesys in Vic ?
    Procal is good but I dont have an abn

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    Re: Woolworths branded milk

    Quote Originally Posted by 5660607C645A4964717160050 link=1295400136/7#7 date=1307489478
    Its only downside is that its a bit pricey at nearly $5 for 2L.
    I think $5 for two litres is reasonable. Its just that everyone expects to pay a dollar per litre ;but that leaves nothing for the farmers.

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    Re: Woolworths branded milk

    Quote Originally Posted by 2328233B302D7775420 link=1295400136/8#8 date=1307510747
    I think $5 for two litres is reasonable.
    I do too. When you think what the farmer and the cows put into producing the milk, plus the job for someone to get it to the shop.

    Some people are stupid enough to spend more than that for bottles full of nothing but water.

    Where will we get milk from when all the Aus dairy farmers have gone broke? NZ or Switzerland? or may be China.

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    Re: Woolworths branded milk

    Guys... I reckon most people on this forum at least, agree with what you say. And furthermore, they wouldnt mind spending a bit more for a better quality product and arent getting suckered into the into the $1 milk war. Its just that you cant help but notice that A2 is up there as one of the most expensive of milks in the supermarket fridge. Thats all I was highlighting...Doesnt worry me, Ill keep buying it anyway.

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    I buy the A2 when I have guests over. I already pay $2/L for the lactose free milk, so it really makes little difference to me.

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    Over the moon Jersey cow milk is delicious and very cream. However, at about $7 for 2L its very dear but in the name of err... science I shall experiment with a bottle in the near future and report ^^

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    Re: Woolworths branded milk

    the pasture the cows eat can change the flavor of the milk.

    But I imagine it all gets mixed up in the truck on the trip from the farm to the packaging plant.

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    Re: Woolworths branded milk

    We all just need to buy our own cow and be done with it.....they dont take up too much room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 514E494A43554E4952474A495043260 link=1295400136/14#14 date=1307673335
    We all just need to buy our own cow and be done with it.....they dont take up too much room.
    And when past their use by date there are steaks in the freezer. :)

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    I use the woolworths lite milk and find it to be ok.

    Have returned one bottle that gave me severe indigestion and suspect it was contaminated (didnt smell or taste off so I dont think it was left out at any time). Otherwise no issues. I have been using lite milk for so long I find full cream too strong now.

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    I actually find the same thing with Pura milk. One time I bought it because it was on special and after tasting it I thought it must be on its way out cause it had a really peculiar taste to it. I have bought it since, well inside its use-by date, and it still tastes funny to me. I actually mainly use the Woolies $2 milk, which I find tastes great and creates really good micro-foam.
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    Re: Woolworths branded milk

    We get dairy farmers delivered to work, to use with our Boema. Due to the long weekend (no Monday delivery) we ran out. Someone went up to woolies and got 4 cartons of woolies brand milk. Everyone noticed straight away, it was harder to froth, and had a very strange unpleasant taste. Milk wasnt off. Tried another carton, same thing. Also noticed the same taste at home when we bought a woolies brand. Did what I thought was best threw the rest out. Dont know how good it is for you, if it taste that bad when heated.

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    Re: Woolworths branded milk

    I refuse to use Woolies or Coles milk on principle. When the dairy farmers go broke, will we be happy buying milk imported from overseas? Not this little black duck!

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    Re: Woolworths branded milk

    Thanks ajayro for your support. Sadly those home brand milks are our milk rebranded. The tenders are just about to come up again for the next 12 months.

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    Re: Woolworths branded milk

    Quote Originally Posted by 434E5949424E2B0 link=1295400136/20#20 date=1308353539
    Sadly those home brand milks are our milk rebranded
    then "watered down" with something?
    If woolies re-branded Dairy Farmers or A2 they must also add something, otherwise it would all taste the same.

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    I agree that the Woolies milk isnt the best but I have to say that I find the Coles branded milk one of the best (compared to Woolies, Procal and Pura).

    I did a blind test with some friends with these 4 brands - straight milk and through coffee and all of them picked the Coles branded milk as the tastier and creamier one. And at 2 bucks a bottle, you cant go wrong!


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    When I went to my local Coles this afternoon I was unable to buy my regular brand of milk. I would say 99% of what was available was Coles branded. Last week was more 50/50. May be a one off but I suspect my ability to choose has just been removed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 466479757762160 link=1295400136/23#23 date=1308383105
    When I went to my local Coles this afternoon I was unable to buy my regular brand of milk. I would say 99% of what was available was Coles branded. Last week was more 50/50. May be a one off but I suspect my ability to choose has just been removed.
    Quote Originally Posted by 527378787F65160 link=1295400136/5#5 date=1307442361
    Quote Originally Posted by 54616C6B5F436F66666565000 link=1295400136/4#4 date=1307438999
    The end result is always higher prices.
    And fewer choices.* :(
    You see. Its happening as we speak. :(

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    Good on Woolworths....Now we can get some specialty milk retailers and that will give me one more excuse to shop elsewhere. I think many Aussies want to give their farmers a fair go and will refuse to buy it. Bring on a coffee section stocked only with Woolworths coffee as well.* ;)

    Herbie, we want to buy your milk and will pay handsomely for it.

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    My homebrand milk got funny smell after a few days. Currently between woolies homebrand and ALDIs, I prefer ALDIs. Gonna grab a bottle in a minute.........

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    My wife has been buying this, Coles & the Aldi product for a little while now. Lately have been having trouble creating micro-foam [lack of], yesterday I brought some Pauls Smarter White milk.............still having foam problems, TOO much of the stuff this time. I thought my technique had slipped ;) Sheez...........

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    Re: Woolworths branded milk

    Predatory pricing is a theory that economic theory only supports weakly.

    I know a web site that sells coffee beans a lot cheaper than many local specialty coffee shops for instance.

    He even is so organized that about once a month he has a sale with reduced price freight. If people are prepared to go to a central pick up point.

    This merchant consistently seems to provide a better value product compared to the local boutique coffee shop. He probably does this by having a different cost structure and the creative use of technology.

    He may also be a slick, talented and contentious operator.

    Talented entrepreneurs that are new players will always make it challenging for exciting businesses.

    but does the economy benefit from them?

    I think the economy and consumers do.

    It is an unfortunate side effect that the new players can make it very difficult for the existing less efficient businesses.

    after all everybody knows that milk just has not been the same since it stopped coming in bottles with a few mm of cream on top.

    Business often is a tough competitive game. :(

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    That watered down/funky taste you get with home brand milk is actually because they add in a processing by-product called permeate. Its essentially whats left once they take out the fat (for cream, butter) and protein (for cheese, skim milk powder). They add it to standardize the product, saving themselves lots of money in the process. By law they dont have to list permeate in their ingredients. Obviously they dont want you to know they use permeate.

    The best way to avoid products with permeate is to stick to the small guys. Some companies will actually state whether or not their products contains permeate. From the top of my head this includes procal, a2, bannister downs. Yes, these milks cost you more but at least you know what you are getting and you know its a good product.

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    Re: Woolworths branded milk

    Quote Originally Posted by 765449454752260 link=1295400136/23#23 date=1308383105
    When I went to my local Coles this afternoon I was unable to buy my regular brand of milk. I would say 99% of what was available was Coles branded. Last week was more 50/50. May be a one off but I suspect my ability to choose has just been removed.
    Ive experienced the same situation at my local Coles, I still bought something else rather than the Coles milk though :P

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    Ok, confirmed for me ALDI > Woolies.

    Tasted much better, doesnt smell bad after opening, creamier.

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    I just recently bought some Woolworths branded milk and it just wont froth. I found this article which makes me think now it could be a storage problem (not sure though if it was before or after it was purchase though)...

    http://www.jimseven.com/2006/12/16/w...-my-milk-foam/

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6D6B7C776D6A7270190 link=1295400136/30#30 date=1308624357
    Ive experienced the same situation at my local Coles, I still bought something else rather than the Coles milk though :P
    As did I - but I suspect I may not be able to do so soon. Will have to find a local mikbar I think.

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    On the topic of predatory pricing, I cant understand wht the fuss is about, Woolworths has had $3/3L like as long as I can remember. 2L was always a bit more per litre. UHT can often be brought at the same price on special, but Big W always has cartons of 2L UHT for about 2.30/2L

    Its been the marketing campaign that has had the impact.

    Personally I have no preference, cant taste the difference and never had frothing problems with any of them. Maybe its different in WA all the milk is basically sourced from the same area. It would be interesting to know if any fresh milk is brought from the east ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by 726F7E73737E7B761F0 link=1295400136/34#34 date=1309184489
    It would be interesting to know if any fresh milk is brought from the east ?
    I know that Woolworths brand milk in WA is produced over east. Pretty sure Coles is too. They have the info on the labels.

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    I have sympathy for the argument that buying brand name milk supports farmers, but the recent ACCC enquiry found that generally farmers get the same price per litre regardless of what bottle it ends up in.

    “As to the relationship between dairy farmers and milk processors, it is the case that some processors pay some farmers a lower farm gate price for milk sold as supermarket house brand milk.* However on the evidence we’ve gathered over the last 6 months it seems most milk processors pay the same farm gate price to dairy farmers irrespective of whether it is intended to be sold as branded or house brand milk.”

    http://www.accc.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/998776

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    Im in WA, without fail hubby and I have noticed the difference in frothability when buying Woolies VS Pura, also without fail my hubby can pick which cup has Pura and which has Woolies milk with both of us liking the creamier texture of the Pura over the Woolies brand.

    We have since moved to a country town and have no choice in milk, the brand is Brownes and I dont enjoy it in coffee as much as I enjoyed Pura in the city. Water quality is not a variable as I use the same water filter for all water and the machine is the same.

    I dont know whether its the cow, the dairy or something else but not all full cream milks taste the same. Id pay $3/L for one that tasted exactly like how I like it consistently!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7E5C414D4F5A2E0 link=1295400136/23#23 date=1308383105
    When I went to my local Coles this afternoon I was unable to buy my regular brand of milk. I would say 99% of what was available was Coles branded. Last week was more 50/50. May be a one off but I suspect my ability to choose has just been removed.
    This exact same thing is happening at our local Woolworths Caringbah store.

    More and more of the brands Ive been buying for ages (Ryvita biscuits for one) are disappearing or losing shelf space in favour of Woolworths own house brands like Select.
    This sure seems to be another greedy move by the already incredibly greedy Woolworths. Theres obviously more profit in their own branded good than well establised National brands. Im getting sick of this behaviour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7B706A716B2A28292A180 link=1295400136/38#38 date=1327551044
    This exact same thing is happening at our local Woolworths Caringbah store.

    More and more of the brands Ive been buying for ages (Ryvita biscuits for one) are disappearing or losing shelf space in favour of Woolworths own house brands like Select.
    This sure seems to be another greedy move by the already incredibly greedy Woolworths. Theres obviously more profit in their own branded good than well establised National brands. Im getting sick of this behaviour.
    Same here, looks like Ill have to make an effort to stock up on A2 when we goto Costco - $3.69 a bottle :)


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    Quote Originally Posted by 5C4F72497477777A1B0 link=1295400136/39#39 date=1327899769
    This sure seems to be another greedy move by the already incredibly greedy Woolworths.
    I was majorly pissed off when they stopped selling 3 litre brand name milk & OJ and Im also trying to shop around.

    And to add insult to injury - theyre saying $1/l milk is now making more farmers find the $s offered by the Chinese for their farm a more attractive proposition.
    Good on ya Woolies/Coles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3E322E30343E3B31283B3B5D0 link=1295400136/12#12 date=1307617080
    Over the moon Jersey cow milk is delicious and very cream
    Im going to throw in my two cents and say I really dont know what the fuss on Over the Moon is because I ran out of A2 a couple of months ago and this was the only milk I could get and it was utterly disgusting.

    It smelt like pure cream when I opened it and when heated through the frother, it definitely instantly became off (cheese like). The use by date was 2 weeks from expiry and I still get nauseous thinking about it :-[



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