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Most Satisfied Customers | Mainland and Aldi Westacre

Aussies have rated Mainland and Aldi Westacre as the joint winners in Canstar Blue’s latest block cheese ratings. Mainland scored five stars for taste, variety and range and overall satisfaction. Aldi Westacre was rated five stars for value for money, packaging and overall satisfaction.

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How we rate block cheese

Our review compares block cheese on customer satisfaction, so you can find out what other Aussies think about the compared brands before you go ahead with a purchase. Think of it as like asking hundreds of your closest mates which block of cheese they think is best!

Canstar Blue surveyed 1,174 Australians for their feedback on the block cheese they’ve purchased and eaten in the last three months.
  • The outcomes reported in these ratings are measured via accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics.

Respondents rate their satisfaction with their block cheese brand(s) from zero to 10, where zero is extremely dissatisfied and 10 is extremely satisfied. Brand satisfaction was rated by respondents on the following criteria:
  • Overall satisfaction: measures consumer satisfaction with block cheese as an individual score, NOT a combined total of all criteria.
  • Value for money: quality and quantity of product for price paid.
  • Taste: as expected from flavour description.
  • Packaging: provides sufficient information, easy to use, easy to store, functional.
  • Variety and range: good range of product options.
  • Texture: as expected for product.

The winning brand is the one that receives the highest overall satisfaction rating once all the scores from the overall satisfaction criteria are combined and averaged.
  • Overall satisfaction is asked as a specific question and represents an individual measure, not a combined total of all criteria.
  • When we cannot determine a clear winner from the criteria for the overall satisfaction rating, we will then look at the other criteria measured in the rating.
    • The brand with the highest number of five-star ratings within the supporting criteria will become the five-star recipient in overall satisfaction, and thus win the award. If a clear leader still cannot be determined from the supporting criteria, joint winners will be declared.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included, so not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The brands rated in this survey are listed below in order of best overall satisfaction.
  • Mainland
  • Aldi Westacre
  • Cracker Barrel
  • Jarlsberg
  • Bega
  • Devondale
  • Coles
  • Perfect Italiano
  • Cheer
  • Hillview
  • Woolworths

Find more detailed information on our Most Satisfied Customer methodology.

Top Block Cheese Brand – Mainland


Mainland is a New Zealand dairy products manufacturer, stocking a variety of cheese, butter and snack options for consumers to choose from. Its block cheese is offered in a wide range of aged cheddar options: tasty, extra tasty, vintage and epicure. Mainland also offers block cheese in the form of Swiss, Colby, Edam and Gouda. Its blocks are offered in either 200g or 250g packets.

Top Block Cheese Brand – Aldi Westacre


Aldi Westacre is the budget supermarket’s own cheese product line. Block cheese offered in the Aldi Westacre range includes tasty cheese, vintage cheese and Colby cheese. Its cheese blocks are commonly offered in either 250g, 500g or 1kg packets. For those after alternative options, Aldi Westacre also stocks a range of cheese snack packs, cottage cheese, shredded cheese, cheese slices and more.

About our consumer experts

Kate Lockyer: Content Producer

This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Home & Lifestyle Content Producer Kate Lockyer. She has completed a Bachelor of Journalism at the University of Queensland. Kate’s been writing professionally for two years, and has worked as a content writer, media assistant and newsroom contributor for a variety of organisations and publications, including the National Family Violence Prevention Legal Service, community radio station 4ZZZ and Shelly’s Swim School.


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Samantha Howse: Consumer Research Specialist

Sam Howse Research Specialist

Samantha Howse is Canstar Blue’s Consumer Research Specialist, coordinating the consumer research program behind our customer satisfaction awards across Canstar and Canstar Blue in Australia and New Zealand. Sam has earned a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Griffith University and, with seven years in market research and 2 years in marketing, she is experienced in survey design, implementation and analysis, coupled with an understanding of marketing principles and best practice.


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Past Ratings

Here are the past winners from Canstar Blue’s block cheese ratings:

  • 2023: Cracker Barrel
  • 2022: Mersey Valley
  • 2021: Cracker Barrel
  • 2020: Mainland
  • 2019: Cracker Barrel
  • 2018: Mersey Valley
  • 2017: Great Ocean Road
  • 2015: Great Ocean Road
  • 2014: ALDI

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