Canstar Blue’s long life milk review has seen ALDI Farmdale, Woolworths, Coles, Devondale and Sanitarium So Good rated on taste, value for money, packaging design 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 74% of Aussie consumers who purchase long life milk do so due to its long shelf life. However, only 9% of respondents said they buy long life milk because they like the taste of it. So, since it’s not so much purchased for the taste but rather the convenience, which brand do consumers rate highest?
To find out, we again surveyed more than 600 Aussies for their feedback on the different brands of long life (UHT) milk they’ve purchased from a supermarket or grocer and tried, within the last three months. Survey respondents reviewed brands on their taste, value for money, packaging design and overall satisfaction. Those which met the minimum required survey sample size of 30 responses are included in the final results.
Our 2020 long life milk review featured five brands, but only one was rated best – ALDI Farmdale! The supermarket discount brand scored five-star ratings in a clean sweep across the board.
Here are the best long life (UHT) milk brands in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s 2020 review:
ALDI Farmdale reigned supreme for the fourth year in a row, retaining the title of best-rated brand for long life milk in Canstar Blue’s review. In the end, it was the only brand to score five stars across all research categories and to get full marks for packaging design and overall satisfaction. In the taste skates, Devondale joined our ratings winner in the five stars club. Meanwhile, Woolworths achieved a top score for value for money, also alongside ALDI Farmdale.
Overall, three brands received a satisfactory four stars for overall satisfaction, Woolworths, Coles and Devondale, while Sanitarium So Good finished on three stars overall.
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 a 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. However, despite more and more dietary specific milks being offered on shelves, our survey found only 14% of shoppers are purchasing long life milk for a dietary reason. Here’s some other interesting facts we found out in our latest review.
ALDI Farmdale is tough to beat, achieving five stars for overall satisfaction four years in a row. This brand, which is exclusive to ALDI, 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.
Woolworths has a homebrand line of ‘low-price’ every day 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 these basic options:
Woolies long life milk costs on average $1.25 for a 1L carton, exclusive to the supermarket.
Coles also has its own brand of ‘great-value’ household and pantry essentials. The private label offers a modest range of dairy products such as cheeses, cooking creams, butters and of course various milk products, including fresh, flavoured, and powdered options. Coles’ range of long-life milk includes the following products:
Prices for Coles UHT milk start from $1.25 for a 1L carton.
Devondale’s philosophy is that dairy is with you from childhood to adulthood. Naturally its dairy range, which includes fresh and long life milks, cheeses, butters and spreads, is marketed as natural and great tasting, ‘just as nature intended’. Here is a product selection from the Devondale long life milk range:
A 1L carton of Devondale long life milk costs on average $1.45 from supermarkets.
So Good is Sanitarium’s range of long life non-dairy and nut milks and desserts. The overarching philosophy behind the range is that 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 for the So Good range:
Prices for So Good long life milk start from $1.90 for a 1L cartoon in most supermarkets.
Our survey found that just a third of Aussie shoppers (29%) 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 that half of adults (49%) 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 Content Lead, Megan Birot. She’s an expert on household appliances, health & beauty products, as well as all things grocery and shopping. When she’s not writing up our research-based ratings reports, Megan spends her time helping consumers make better purchase decisions, whether it’s at the supermarket, other retailers, or online, highlighting the best deals and flagging anything you need to be aware of.
Picture credits: Zadorozhna Natalia/ Shutterstock.com, / Sea Wave/ Shutterstock.com.
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, 625 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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