Canstar Blue’s latest chilled juice review compares Mildura, Nudie, Woolworths, Daily Juice, Coles and Berri on range variety, taste, texture and consistency, packaging design, value for money and overall satisfaction.
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Is there a more refreshing way to quench your thirst on a hot summer’s day than with a cold glass of fresh juice? There’s certainly nothing sweeter than gulping down some OJ, with our survey revealing one in four Aussies (25%) drink juice every day. What’s more, nearly a third of people (26%) said they’ve even tried making their own batch.
To help you find a chilled juice that tickles your tastebuds without squeezing your budget, we asked more than 770 Aussies for their feedback on the bottled cold fruit juices they purchased from a supermarket or grocer in the last six months. Brands were rated on taste, texture, range variety, packaging design, value for money and overall satisfaction. Those that received the minimum required survey sample size of 30 responses are featured in our results.
Our latest survey revealed Mildura was the top pick for chilled juice, with the brand achieving the only five-star review for overall satisfaction. It also achieved full marks for packaging design.
Best Chilled Juice
Here are the best brands of chilled juice in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s 2021 review:
Mildura topped our chilled juice ratings after it achieved the only five-star review for overall satisfaction, while Nudie, Woolworths, Daily Juice and Coles landed on four stars. Berri was the only exception, scoring three stars for overall satisfaction.
Nudie also had a few wins, achieving full marks for taste, texture & consistency and variety. Daily Juice similarly impressed in terms of variety, as did Woolworths when judged on value for money.
Operating under a name that pays homage to where it sources its fruits, Mildura sells a range of premium juices in a variety of flavours. These are claimed to be made with real fruit juice and come in family-sized bottles including 500ml, 2L and 3L varieties. Mildura keeps its prices fairly low, costing anywhere between $2.50 for a 500ml drink and reaching up to $4.95 for a large 3L bottle for the family. Some flavours you can check out include:
Mildura Apple & Guava Fruit Drink (500ml): $2.50
Mildura Tropical Fruit Drink (3L): $4.95
Mildura Orange & Passionfruit Drink (3L): $4.95
Mildura received five-star reviews for packaging design and overall satisfaction, plus four stars for taste, texture & consistency and value for money. It also got three stars for range variety.
Is fruit juice healthy?
Fruit juice contains some sugars, including some natural sugars and some not so natural. Therefore, it’s recommended to drink fruit juice in moderation, as part of a balanced diet. There are plenty of brands that offer low-calorie alternatives and juices with no added sugar or artificial colours or flavours. It’s also worth reading the nutritional information on the packaging, as 23% of our survey respondents do.
What’s Australia’s favourite cold juice?
Did you know that a third (31%) of survey respondents consider orange juice as their favourite type of juice, with almost one in four (22%) preferring pulp-free? Our survey also revealed that 38% of people buy juice on their regular grocery shop, and nearly half (49%) find it better to pick something up from the refrigerated section, instead of the concentrated or long life juice options on the shelves.
When deciding what makes the cut, 44% people have tried multiple juices from different brands. One in four (25%) stick to the same brand, while a small 8% opt for whichever is cheapest.
Picture credits: Tatjana Baibakova
About the author of this page
This report was written by Canstar Blue’s home & lifestyle journalist, Tahnee-Jae Lopez-Vito. She’s an expert on household appliances, grooming products and all things grocery and shopping. In addition to translating our expert research into consumer-friendly ratings reports, Tahnee spends her time helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services, while highlighting the best deals and anything you need to be aware of.
Canstar Blue surveyed more than 3,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased and consumed packaged fruit juice from a supermarket or grocer in the last six months (i.e. not including freshly squeezed juice, juice purchased from a bar or restaurant, or fruit drinks such as cordial or kombucha) – in this case, 771 people.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.
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