Canstar Blue’s 2019 yoghurt review has seen Gippsland, Jalna, Farmers Union, ALDI, Tamar Valley, Dairy Farmers, Vaalia, Ski, Danone, Chobani, Yoplait, Five:AM, Woolworths, Activia & Coles rated on customer satisfaction.
See our Ratings Methodology.
Yoghurt is often the jack-of-all-trades when it comes to food – a breakfast go-to, a mid-afternoon snack, a cooking substitute, and of course, a dessert, making it a handy addition to your fridge. Add in plenty of good bacteria and calcium, with low fat and sugar contents, and you’ve got yourself a guilt-free treat.
As the supermarket fridges are packed full of seemingly delicious yoghurts, Canstar Blue’s aim is to help make your decision-making process of which to buy a little easier. We do this by surveying thousands of consumers who have recently bought and eaten one of the 18 yoghurts in this year’s review, to get their expert feedback in regards to taste, texture/consistency, value for money, variety, packaging and overall customer satisfaction. Sure, you could buy and try every single brand around, but why not save yourself some time and money – and your stomach the hard work – by finding out which Australia rates best.
In 2019, we’ve chewed through the feedback of more than 2,000 consumers to form these ratings, with the winning title going to Gippsland Dairy for the third year in a row.
Canstar Blue’s 2019 review of fresh yoghurts saw 18 brands compared and rated in the following order for overall customer satisfaction:
While Gippsland Dairy was the only brand to earn five stars for overall satisfaction, most brands scored four stars overall. It’s the third year in a row that Gippsland Diary has been rated best overall. And this is only the third year we’ve produced these ratings for yoghurt! So, Aussie yoghurt-lovers obviously have a favourite brand. It should be noted, however, that as an expert in sweet flavours, many Gippsland Dairy yoghurts are on the sugary-side. So, it may be best as a dessert or occasional treat!
Read on for a guide to what the brands in this year’s ratings have going on in the yoghurt department, and here are some of the standout results from our survey, as well as the skinny on yoghurt itself:
Offering traditional flavours such as blueberry and passionfruit, Gippsland Dairy provides additional flavours such as mango & blood orange, watermelon & strawberry, toffee & honeycomb, plus apple & rhubarb to give households plenty of options when it comes to creating breakfast or desserts. All Gippsland Dairy yoghurts are gluten, gelatin and artificial additive free, with ingredients and nutritional information on the company’s website. Available for purchase in 160g and 720g tubs, Gippsland Dairy yoghurts are sold at all major supermarkets and local grocers.
Said to be made by the McLaren family in Victoria for more than 40 years, Jalna is a pot set yoghurt brand covering a wide range of types. ‘Jalna Premium’ tubs come in café latte, vanilla, and natural flavours, in sizes from 200g up to 2kg. Greek style yoghurts are available in sweet & creamy, natural, and natural low fat varieties. There’s fat free natural yoghurt, BioDynamic organic yoghurt, lactose free yoghurt also available. Nutritional information and recipe ideas are available on the Jalna website, helping narrow down the options if you’re after something particular, or looking for cooking inspiration.
A regular within the dairy industry, the Farmers Union Greek style yoghurt brand covers both natural and flavoured ranges. Natural varieties (regular, light, and pot set) come in sizes ranging across 1kg, 500g, and 200g tubs, plus packets of four 160g pots, with a 500g low fat option also available. Two large containers of flavoured yoghurt (honey and vanilla bean) are available, as well as four fruity flavours in single-serve 140g pots. If you’re after something a bit different The + Crunch range and The Pouch range are perfect for snacks and those on the go.
One of four ALDI brands in this year’s report, Lyttos rated the best out of the German supermarket’s yoghurts. Potentially ideal for people looking for large quantities of Greek-style natural yoghurt, ALDI Lyttos comes in 1kg and 2kg tubs, both coming with an easy-carry handle.
Producing both natural and Greek style yoghurts, Tamar Valley covers natural, fat free, light, and no added sugar varieties in plain, flavoured, and fruit mixes. Tamar Valley is sold in sizes from 170g up to 1kg, with 125g packs also available in select flavours. Additionally, Tamar Valley provides Kids Greek Style Yoghurt in sizes ranging between 170g and 1kg, making them a handy option for lunchboxes. You can find nutritional information and recipes for these products on the brand’s website.
Australian-grown milk brand Dairy Farmers produces three lines of yoghurt products. Its traditional Thick & Creamy range comes in 150g single-serve or 600g tubs in eight different fruit and dessert flavours, with its newer Cheeky Cow range coming in three varieties of layered fruit and yoghurt, in 500g tubs. There’s also a Greek style yoghurt available, coming in 1kg tubs.
ALDI’s brand of ‘regular’ yoghurts, Brooklea, comprises a natural ‘lite’ low fat yoghurt in 1kg tubs, as well as the Brooklea ‘Joi’ range of flavoured tubs, in a choice of vanilla, or peach & mango.
ALDI Dairy Dream covers Greek style yoghurts in three varieties – two flavours (blueberry & peach, mango & passionfruit) in 720g tubs, and the third (lime yoghurt with strawberry layer) in a pack of four 125g pots.
Heavily focussed on probiotics, Vaalia has a wide range of products for shoppers to choose from, including breakfast yoghurts, lactose-free yoghurts and low-fat yoghurts. Yoghurts for children and babies are also available, with the range also consisting of pouches for lunchboxes. Flavours include classic vanilla, tropical, banana, strawberry, vanilla & strawberry, and lactose free vanilla.
Covering a range of fruity flavours as well as sweet honey and vanilla varieties, Ski yoghurt comes mostly in single-serve pots sold in multipacks from twin packs up to 12-packs, plus 1kg tubs and squeeze pouches. Available in the Divine and D’lite ranges, shoppers have plenty of options to choose from.
Danone has a number of subsidiary brands, but the two most prominent are Danone Ultimate and Danone YoPRO. Danone Ultimate is a Greek style yoghurt sold in single serve tubs, four packs, and large 850g tubs, in a range of fruit and dessert flavours. YoPRO are high-protein yoghurts, with 15g protein per serve, with no added sugar. These come in plain, vanilla, and four different fruity flavours, available to buy at all major supermarkets and grocers.
Offering a wide variety of flavours, Chobani is available in a variety of styles, including tubs, pouches and flip containers, which contain a crunchy aspect for yoghurt with a difference. Chobani offers plain and low-fat Greek-style yoghurt and non-dairy varieties. Chobani also provides individual protein Flip packets with mix-ins, making perfect lunchbox options. Additionally, the brand offers Fruit on the Bottom Greek Yoghurt in flavours such as apricot, blueberry, peach, mixed berry, black cherry and strawberry banana. These come in individual tubs or packs of four. Other products include blended yoghurt, creamy yoghurt and nut butter yoghurt. Available at major supermarkets and local grocers, Chobani lists all its ingredients and nutritional information online.
Available in a host of varieties and flavours, the Yoplait yoghurt range includes traditional flavours such as vanilla, mango, and strawberry, in 100g, 175g and 1kg tubs, with additional products including sugar-free Yoplait Zero, Fruche European-style fromage frais (type of cheese containing live cultures) and Petit Miam kids’ yoghurts. Yoplait provides nutritional information and ingredients on its website, meaning you could suss out what to buy before you head to the store, with the brand available at all major supermarkets.
Bringing ‘farmers market’ style yoghurt to Australian supermarkets, Five:AM claims to pride itself on using organic milk from The Organic Dairy Farmer’s Cooperative, which aims to maintain what is supposedly the ‘highest standards of sustainable and organic farming’. Five:AM provides two lines two choose from, the ‘organic’ range and the ‘simply’ range. Yoghurts from the organic range are available in 700g big tubs, and include flavours such as ‘blueberry burst’, honey & cinnamon, natural and vanilla bean. The simply range comes in 550g big tubs, and are available in mango, passionfruit and strawberry. Five:AM also sells Squeezie in four flavours, including ‘cacao squeezie’, ‘simply mango squeezie’, ‘simply strawberry squeezie’ and ‘vanilla bean squeezie’. These come in 120g packets, making it perfect for lunchboxes and a convenient snack for those on the go.
There are four tiers of private label yoghurts at Woolworths. The standard line covers pot-set Greek style yoghurts (natural or 99% fat free, in 500g and 1kg tubs) and 99% fat free vanilla yoghurts (1kg tubs). Kids aren’t left out either, with 70g pouches also available, coming in flavours such as vanilla, banana and strawberry.
The latest edition to ALDI’s yoghurt line-up, the ‘Just Organic’ range focuses heavily on probiotics, with no added sugar, artificial colours, flavours or preservatives claimed to be used. Additionally, the organic range is suitable for vegetarians, making snack time that much easier. Available in natural, vanilla and strawberry flavours, ALDI offers its Just Organic range in a 1kg bucket.
Operating under the Danone parent brand, Activia’s yoghurt is said to be free of gelatine, artificial colours, sweeteners and preservatives, while also including billions of probiotics. Available in berry, mango, vanilla, strawberry, berries and seeds & grains, each Activia flavour is sold in four-packs of 125g tubs, potentially making them ideal for light snacks or the kid’s lunch boxes.
Similar to its supermarket competitor Woolworths, Coles offers a number of yoghurt styles and varieties, including Greek-style yoghurts, flavoured tubs, and kids’ pouches. The Greek-style yoghurts are available in 1kg tubs, with the flavoured varieties available in both 1kg and 150g tubs. Pouches come in 70g packets, with flavours including banana, vanilla, strawberry and tropical, with a 12-pack also available for purchase.
With yoghurt a popular pick for many households, Canstar Blue wanted to find out a little more about our collective eating habits. We found that just under half of Aussie consumers (45%) always stick with the same brand, for the following reasons:
Survey respondents were also asked when they usually eat yoghurt:
With taste obviously one of the biggest factors in the minds of consumers buying yoghurt, we also asked respondents to our survey about their favourite flavours. This is what we found:
The rest cited other fruits or something else as their favourite.
In addition to picking their favourite flavours, the survey found that consumers keep one eye on the government’s health star ratings to help them make an informed decision about which to buy. A quarter of respondents (25%) stated that the health star ratings are an important factor in which yoghurt they purchase. However, this figure has dropped from 52% last year.
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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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 eaten fresh yoghurt in the last 3 months – in this case, 2,040 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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