Recent Mintel research found that 44% of grocery shoppers believe store brand products are of better quality today than they were five years ago. According to the study, 60% of primary grocery shoppers usually or sometimes purchase private label bread or baked goods and 58% usually or sometimes purchase store brand cheese.
The private label market has enjoyed sales growth in recent years that isn't likely to decrease in the near future, says the report.
39% of respondents who identify themselves as the primary grocery shopper of their household say they would recommend a store brand product. And, 34% say they don't feel like they're giving anything up (such as flavor or prestige) by using store brands. Only 19% believe it's worth paying more for name brand products.
Fiona O'Donnell, senior analyst at Mintel, says "... with the exceptions of drinks and personal care products, most consumers believe that private label options are of equal quality to nationally-branded products..."
In fact, 62% of consumers believe there's no difference in quality between name and store brand dairy products. 61% say there is no difference when it comes to caned or shelf-stable food products, and 56% think private label and name brand household cleaners are of equal quality.
O'Donnell concludes that "...even though the recession has ended, and consumers may be in a better position financially to return to name brands, it's likely that many will continue to buy store brand staples that are of equal quality."
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