Fruit Juices Compared

Canstar Blue’s 2020 fruit juice review has seen ALDI Westcliff, Golden Circle, Berri, Coles, Woolworths and V8 rated on taste, texture & consistency, range variety, packaging design, value for money and overall satisfaction.

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ALDI Westcliff took out the top spot in Canstar Blue’s long life fruit juice review for the second year in a row, scoring five stars in all categories and for overall satisfaction.

ALDI Westcliff takes another winning sip in fruit juice ratings

Trying to squeeze in more vitamins into your day? Or maybe you’re looking to add a little more flavour to your beef stew? Long life juice has so many uses and it’s always a good staple to have in the kitchen. But how do we know which one to pick?

To find out, we asked more than 800 Aussies for their feedback on the long life packaged fruit juice they’ve bought from a supermarket or grocer in the last month. Survey respondents rated brands on taste, texture & consistency, range variety, packaging design, value for money and overall satisfaction. Brands that got the minimum survey sample size of 30 responses are featured in our report.

For the second year in a row, ALDI Westcliff slurped up a sweet victory in our fruit juice ratings, scoring five-star reviews across the board. Not only was it the only brand to achieve five stars for overall satisfaction, but it also rated best for all categories.

Best Fruit Juice

Best fruit juices reviews

Here are the best long life juice brands in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s latest review:

  1. ALDI Westcliff
  2. Golden Circle
  3. Berri
  4. Coles
  5. Woolworths
  6. V8

ALDI Westcliff chilled on a five-star rating in all categories, while most other brands landed on four stars for overall customer satisfaction. The only exception was V8, which packed up three stars overall.

But that’s not to say ALDI was the only featured brand that got our tastebuds tingling. Golden Circle received a five-star review for its range variety, similarly to Berri and V8 for packaging design.

Juices compared

ALDI Westcliff

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German supermarket ALDI isn’t just popular for its Special Buys, but also for its private labels. Westcliff is just one of many; for beverages mostly, with a variety of fruit juice flavours in 1L and 2L bottles, plus 250ml carton poppers available. Expect classic family favourites like apple, orange, pineapple, pomegranate and prune.

Different juices are also claimed to have no added sugar. Depending on the size, these usually cost just under $4.

ALDI Westcliff earned five-star reviews in all categories, including taste, value for money and overall satisfaction.

Golden Circle

Golden Circle juice

For a sweet breaktime drink, Golden Circle has its own Lunch Box range with several types of poppers to choose from. Some flavours include tropical, apple & mango, just apple and more. There’s also plenty of size options on offer, with cartons and bottles available in 350ml, 1L, 2L and 3L varieties.

Golden Circle juices usually start from $2.25 and go up to $6.40. Some options currently on the shelves include:

  • Golden Circle Guava: $3
  • Golden Circle 50% Less Sugar Pear, Pine & Passionfruit Juice: $4.30
  • Golden Circle Sparkling Apple Orange & Blood Orange: $6.40

Golden Circle achieved a five-star rating for range variety, before landing on four stars for overall satisfaction and everywhere else.

Berri

Berri orange juice

Berri has been proudly pouring 100% Australian grown fruit since 1943, and it seems the brand has no plans of slowing down anytime soon. Compared to some other options, Berri keeps its product range short and sweet. Its stock currently includes orange, apple mango, ‘breakfast’ and ‘orange pulp low acid’. These are available in 1L and 2L varieties. For little ones, you can also pick up a Berri ‘Pop Tops’ exclusively from Woolworths. These are labelled with a five-star health rating and are claimed to have no added sugar.

Some flavours include:

  • Berri Pop Tops Apple Juice: $1.30
  • Berri Pop Tops Orange Juice: $1.30
  • Berri Pop Tops Apple Blackcurrant Juice: $1.30

Berri rated as one of the best for packaging design, receiving full marks for the category. It also got four-star reviews in most other categories, including overall satisfaction. The only exception was range variety, where it got three stars.

Coles

Coles juice

Coles is another supermarket stirring its own private label range of fruit juice. The affordable selection includes a blend of 250ml multipacks as well as 1L, 1.5L, 2L and 3L bottles. Prices start from just $1.10 for a 1L Fruit Drink, and reach up to $4.20 for a 3L alternative. Some flavours currently in stock include:

  • Coles Tropical Fruit Drink Multipack: $2.65
  • Coles Cranberry Fruit Drink: $3
  • Coles Orange & Mango Juice: $4.20

Coles received a mix bag of scores. It was rated four stars for taste, value for money and overall satisfaction, plus three stars everywhere else.

Woolworths

Woolworths apple juice

Woolworths joins ALDI and Coles with its own line of juices, offering classic family favourites in 1L and 2L bottles. You can also grab a 850ml or 1L tomato juice to add some Vitamin C to your smoothies, soups or cocktails. If you’re concerned about sugar intake, there’s a ‘no added sugar’ alternative available. A Woolworths homebrand juice will checkout at the counter for anywhere between $1.85 and $2, or $3.50 for any of the Woolworths 100% juices.

Some Woolworths juices include:

  • Woolworths No Added Sugar Pineapple Juice: $1.85
  • Woolworths Multivitamin Juice: $2
  • Woolworths Breakfast Juice: $2

Woolworths scored four stars for value for money and overall satisfaction, and landed on three stars in all other categories.

V8

V8 purple juice

It all began with the V8 vegetable juice ─ the original plant-powered drink, according to the brand. Still readily available in stores, each bottle is said to contain a full serving of vegetables and no more than 30 calories. Other alternatives in the range include V8 fruit & vegetable blends, V8 +Energy and V8 +Hydrate. These come in a long list of fruity or veggie flavours (or a mix of both), such as everything from ‘V8 Low Sodium’ to sparkling orange pineapple and even ‘Bloody Mary Mix’. The drinks usually come in 300ml or 1.25L varieties.

Prices start from $2.40 and go up to $5. Here are other flavours to expect:

  • V8 Power Blend Healthy Greens: $2.80
  • V8 Power Blend Rainbow Burst: $5
  • V8 Purple Power Vegetable & Fruit Juice: $5

V8 rounded up the results on five stars for packaging design, four stars for taste and range variety, and three stars everywhere else.

Australia’s favourite fruit juice

Fruit juice review

It’s not all child’s play when it comes to picking the right juice. With nearly half (49%) of Aussies buying juices on their regular shop and almost a third (28%) drinking it everyday, it’s clear that people care about what makes it into their glass each morning.

What’s more, two-fifths (41%) of those we surveyed believe that fruit juice is healthy. But 34% of people are still worried about the sugar content in their drink, and another 23% of respondents still make sure to read the nutritional information.

One in three (30%) mix things up by buying different flavours to avoid getting bored, while 43% of people said they’ve tried multiple juices from various brands. Although there are still many shoppers that choose to buy the same brand (27%) or pick whichever is cheapest (14%).

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Canstar Blue surveyed 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 month (note: not including freshly squeezed/juice bar/restaurant juice, or fruit drinks such as cordial or kombucha) – in this case, 829 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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