Canstar Blue’s long life milk review has seen Sanitarium So Good, Devondale, Woolworths, ALDI Farmdale and Coles compared on taste, texture & consistency, ease of use, packaging appeal, value for money and overall satisfaction.
Stocking up on long life milk in the fridge or pantry can be a lifesaver. Whether it’s for the family camping trip, ‘forgot to buy milk’ emergency, or a specific dietary requirement, the long life milk aisle at your local supermarket most probably has you covered. Our latest survey found that 67% of Aussie consumers who purchase long life milk do so due to its long shelf life. Meanwhile, 17% of respondents said they buy long life milk because they like the taste of it.
To find out which brands Aussies ‘cow’ about, we surveyed more than 600 consumers for their feedback on the different brands of long life (UHT) milk they’ve purchased from a supermarket or grocer and consumed, within the last three months. Survey respondents reviewed brands on their taste, texture, ease of use, value for money, packaging design and overall satisfaction. Brands that met the minimum required survey sample size of 30 responses are included in the final results.
Joint winners Sanitarium So Good & Devondale have broken ALDI Farmdale’s four-year winning streak, with both brands rating five stars for ease of use and overall satisfaction. Sanitarium So Good additionally whipped up full marks for taste, while Devondale scored similarly for packaging appeal.
Here are the best long life (UHT) milk brands in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s 2021 review:
Sanitarium So Good & Devondale ‘moo-ved’ to the number one spot, each scoring five stars for overall satisfaction. Woolworths, ALDI Farmdale and Coles followed behind on a respectable four stars overall.
Notably, ALDI Farmdale similarly achieved full marks for taste and texture & consistency. It also got a five-star review for value for money, alongside Woolworths which scored the same result for ease of use.
UHT stands for ‘ultra-high temperature processing’ and is a method of food sterilisation. The milk is heated to higher than 135°C for a few seconds to kill off spores. After this, the milk is ‘flash’ cooled and homogenised to give it long shelf life. While it provides largely the same nutritional value as fresh milk does, UHT milk can fall short in certain areas, such as having less folate and B-vitamins. Nevertheless — it’s cheap, has a long shelf life, and is readily available in times of need, such as power outages.
UHT milk is also convenient for its variety, be it cow’s milk, soy, lactose-free, or otherwise. Our latest survey found that the majority of Aussies (67%) purchase long life milk for the convenience of its generous shelf life, followed by taste (17%) and dietary reasons (14%). Here are some other interesting facts we found out in our latest review.
So Good is Sanitarium’s range of long life non-dairy products, including a variety of oat milk, nut milk, soy milk and dairy-free frozen desserts. According to the brand, living well isn’t about cutting down on what you like, but about discovering new products that are ‘so good’ for you. Here is a product selection from the So Good range:
Prices for So Good long life milk start from $1.90 for a 1L cartoon in most supermarkets.
Devondale’s philosophy is that dairy is with you from childhood to adulthood. Marketed as natural and great tasting, ‘just as nature intended’, the range includes fresh and long life milk, cheeses, butter and spreads. Here are a few long life milk options you can find from the brand:
A 1L carton of Devondale long life milk costs on average $1.45 from supermarkets.
Woolworths is another supermarket stocking up on its homebrand line of ‘low-price’ everyday essentials for your home and kitchen, bearing the trademark ‘fresh food people’ logo. The range offers a variety of dairy products from cheese and thickened cream, to butter and milk products, including fresh, long life and powdered options. Its long life milk product range includes:
Woolies’ long life milk costs on average $1.15 for a 1L carton, exclusive to the supermarket.
One of many homebrand ranges from ALDI, Farmdale offers a range of dairy products including thickened cream, sour cream, and flavoured and powdered milk. Its long life milk line offers full-cream, light, lactose-free, almond, rice and soy options which come in either 1L or 2L sized cartons. Here is a sample selection from ALDI’s long life milk range:
Prices for ALDI Farmdale long life milk start from $1.99 for a 1L carton.
Coles also has its private label selection of ‘great-value’ household and pantry essentials. The supermarket offers a wide range of dairy products such as cheeses, cooking creams, butter and of course various milk products, including fresh, flavoured, and powdered options. Similar to other major brands, Coles stocks up on a variety of long life nut milk, soy milk, coconut milk as well as skim and full cream options. Some include:
Prices for Coles UHT milk start from $1.15 for a 1L carton.
Our survey found that almost a quarter of consumers (24%) buy whichever brand of milk is the cheapest, indicating there are other factors involved when it comes to choosing milk. In recent years, there’s been a push towards supporting dairy farmers, with supermarkets running different initiatives to shore up additional proceeds from sales to support the dairy industry. Our survey found a third (39%) of Aussies think the supermarkets should do more to help dairy farmers, while 25% purchase brands that they believe support them. If you’re concerned as to which brands support Australian dairy farmers, it’s important to do your research to ensure you choose a brand you’re happy with.
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.
Picture credits: Zadorozhna Natalia/ Shutterstock.com, / Sea Wave/ Shutterstock.com.
Our latest long life milk ratings saw several brands rated best in different categories:
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 long life (UHT) milk from a supermarket or grocer and tried, within the last three months– in this case, 608 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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