Canstar Blue’s feta cheese review compares South Cape, Coles, Lemnos and Woolworths on taste, texture, variety, packaging design, value for money, and overall satisfaction.
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Canstar Blue research finalised in March 2022, published in March 2022.
Let’s be honest, a sprinkle of cheese is what makes a salad worth eating. It’s one easy way to avoid being cut up over having to eat your greens, especially if you add a little feta (or a block)! Fun fact: feta is derived from the Italian word ‘fetta’ which means slice!
Feta is created by salting and curing milk of certain breeds of sheep and goats, in a brine solution for months, before removing it to dry out. The curdled milk containing rennet is then separated and drained in a cloth bag or mould, and later sliced, salted and packed in brine. OK, but which feta offers the right balance of taste and value?
To find out, we surveyed more than 300 Australian consumers for their feedback on the feta cheese they purchased from a supermarket or grocer (i.e. not a deli) and eaten in the last three months. Survey respondents rated brands on taste, texture, range variety, packaging design, value for money and overall satisfaction. Brands that received the minimum required sample size of 30 responses are featured in our results.
Our latest ratings saw South Cape leave its rivals feeling a little salty after it was rated best for taste, texture, variety and overall satisfaction.
Best Feta Cheese
Here are the best feta cheese brands in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s latest review:
South Cape saved the day for hungry Aussies, scoring the only five-star review for overall satisfaction. Coles and Lemnos followed behind on four stars, while Woolworths ended on three stars overall.
Supermarket Coles took a bite out of the winner’s sandwich and rated best for value for money, and received an extra set of full marks for packaging design alongside Lemnos.
Top Feta Cheese Brand – South Cape
South Cape offers a variety of feta cheese options to sprinkle onto your salads and avocado toast, including everything from Greek or Danish-style feta to reduced-fat and marinated varieties. Some products from the brand include:
South Cape Crumbled Feta
South Cape Danish Style Feta
South Cape Greek Style Feta
South Cape Marinated Feta – Classic
South Cape Danish Style Feta – Reduced-Fat
Most of these are available in 200g packs, except for the bottled marinated feta which comes in 350g.
South Cape was rated five stars for taste, texture, variety and overall satisfaction. It scored four stars for value for money and packaging design.
Different types of feta
Did you know there are several types of feta, each offering a unique taste? Here are the most common:
Australian feta: a happy medium when compared to other types of feta in terms of saltiness and creaminess. It’s typically made using cow’s milk.
Greek feta: boasts a richer flavour than other types of feta, such as French and Bulgarian, and is sharp, tangy and briny.
French feta: provides a creamier and softer consistency and doesn’t taste as sharp as Greek feta.
Bulgarian feta: doesn’t necessarily need to be added into dishes because it stands out with a creamy texture and a saltier flavour than other types of feta.
American feta: tastes mostly tangy and has a crumbly texture.
Israeli feta: has a creamy texture and is not as salty compared to some other types of feta. It’s typically made from sheep’s milk.
Danish feta: has a mild taste and is fairly creamy. It’s usually made from cow’s milk.
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 from a supermarket or grocer (i.e. not a deli) and consumed feta cheese within the last three months – in this case, 321 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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