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The best consumables brands in the 2021/22 Finder Retail Awards

We reveal Australia's favourite consumables brands for 2021/22

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The Finder Retail Awards recognises Australia's favourite brands across a huge number of categories. We survey thousands of real Australians to understand how they feel about their recent product purchases, and use that information to reward the most popular brands.

These are the best brands for consumables in the 2021/22 Awards.

Best Supermarket Hot Cross Bun Brand 2022

Best rated supermarket hot cross bun brand: Costco

Hopping into top place, Costco emerged victorious in the hot cross bun wars this year. Landing top marks for both taste and value for money made it a no-brainer for any Easter eggstravaganza.

Finalists
  • Coles
  • Woolworths
Best Easter Egg Brand 2021

Best rated Easter egg brand: Cadbury

Australia's love affair with Cadbury continues, with the brand scoring top marks for taste as voted by everyday consumers. The brand also scored well on value for money making it an eggcellent choice this Easter.

Finalists
  • Ferrero Rocher
  • Kinder
Best Tinned tuna Brand

Best rated tinned tuna brand: John West

With the highest scores for taste, range of options and value for money, John West has been rated as the best tinned tuna brand in Australia. It was recommended by 98% of surveyed Australians.

Finalists
  • Woolworths
  • Coles
Best smoked salmon Brand

Best rated smoked salmon brand: Coles

Australians rated Coles as the best brand for Smoked Salmon in this year's Finder Awards. Coles topped the list for value for money, while also ranking well for taste and range.

Finalists
  • Huon Tasmanian
  • Ocean Blue
Best fresh salmon Brand

Best rated fresh salmon brand: Huon Premium

For the best fresh salmon brand in Australia, you can't go past Huon Premium, which was recommended by 93% of people surveyed in this year's Finder Awards.

Finalists
  • Coles Deli Fresh
  • Tassal
Best frozen fish Brand

Best rated frozen fish brand: Top Hat

The best brand for frozen fish is Top Hat, as rated by Australians in this year's Finder Awards. The brand topped the chart for range and scored well for taste and value for money.

Finalists
  • Bird's Eye
  • Ocean Chef
Best bread Brand

Best rated bread brand: Woolworths (Home Brand)

Recommended by 100% of surveyed Australians, Woolworths has taken home the Finder Award for best rated bread brand. Woolies' home brand bread rated highly for freshness, taste and value for money.

Finalists
  • Coles (home brand)
  • Tip Top
Best cereal Brand

Best rated cereal brand: Nestlé

In a tightly contested category, Nestlé has been awarded the Finder Award for best rated cereal brand this year. Nestlé was rated highly for taste and recommended by 97% of surveyed Aussies.

Finalists
  • Sanitarium
  • Uncle Toby's
Best chocolate Brand

Best rated chocolate brand: Green & Black's

Green & Black's chocolate was recommended by a whopping 100% of Finder Awards respondents who praised its taste, range of flavours and value for money.

Finalists
  • Coles (home brand)
  • Whittakers
Best coffee beans Brand

Best rated coffee beans brand: Lazzio (ALDI)

When judged on aroma, taste and texture, Lazzio from ALDI was declared the best coffee bean in our poll. It also scored highly for value for money.

Finalists
  • Campos
  • Woolworths
Best pasta Brand

Best rated pasta brand: ALDI

ALDI's home brand pasta was the overall winner in this category. It scored particularly highly in the areas of value for money and taste.

Finalists
  • San Remo
  • Zafarelli
Best tomato sauce Brand

Best rated tomato sauce brand: Fountain

The Aussie staple Fountain was crowned Australia's favourite tomato sauce brand, beating out sauce juggernauts Heinz and Masterfoods in the categories of value for money and ease of use. It also received a 98% recommended rating, the highest score of the category.

Finalists
  • Heinz
  • Masterfoods
Best BBQ sauce Brand

Best rated BBQ sauce brand: Masterfoods

Masterfoods took out the top spot in the BBQ sauce category, scoring highly for taste, ease of use and value for money.

Finalists
  • Heinz
  • Fountain
Best Pasta sauce Brand

Best rated Pasta sauce brand: Leggo's

Leggo's pipped San Remo to the post as Australia's best overall pasta sauce brand. It scored highly in the areas of taste, value for money and the variety of flavours available.

Finalists
  • San Remo
  • ALDI
Best teabag Brand

Best rated teabag brand: Diplomat (ALDI)

The ALDI tea brand Diplomat was rated the best overall tea bag in Australia, scoring consistently high across packaging design, taste, variety and value for money.

Finalists
  • T2
  • Twinings
Best almond milk Brand

Best rated almond milk brand: Vitasoy

The ALDI tea brand Diplomat was rated the best overall tea bag in Australia, scoring consistently high across packaging design, taste, variety and value for money.

Finalists
  • Australia's Own
  • Pure Harvest
Best butter Brand

Best rated butter brand: Buttersoft (ALDI)

A dollop of butter can make almost any meal infinitely more tasty, with Aldi’s Buttersoft brand the standout favourite in our poll. Respondents praised its texture, taste and value for money.

Finalists
  • Lurpak
  • Western Star
Best sliced cheese Brand

Best rated sliced cheese brand: Bega

The iconic Bega won the top spot in our best cheese slice category thanks to a strong performance across taste, texture and value for money making it a favourite for kids' lunch boxes.

Finalists
  • Devondale
  • Coles (home brand)
Best shredded cheese Brand

Best rated shredded cheese brand: Bega

No fridge is complete without a bag of shredded cheese - which makes Devondale a popular fixture in many households. It beat out the likes of Coles, Bega and Perfect Italiano for taste and texture.

Finalists
  • Perfect Italiano
  • Bega
Best fresh milk Brand

Best rated fresh milk brand: Riverina Fresh

When it comes to fresh milk, Australians love the freshness of Riverina Fresh with 97% of respondents recommending it to others. The brand also rated highly for taste, packaging and value for money.

Finalists
  • ALDI Farmdale
  • Devondale
Best ice cream multipack Brand

Best rated ice cream multipack brand: Cadbury

While better known for its chocolate, Cadbury was the firm favourite in the Finder Awards' ice cream category this year, receiving the highest overall score for its ice cream multi packs.

Finalists
  • Connoisseur
  • Magnum
Best ice cream tub Brand

Best rated ice cream tub brand: Magnum

When it comes to ice cream tubs, it appears more Aussies prefer the decadence of encased chocolate. Magnum was the overall winner here, with impressive scores across consistency, taste and variety of flavours.

Finalists
  • Golden North
  • Cadbury
Best margarine brand

Best rated margarine brand: Meadow Lea

Meadow Lea ought to be congratulated for winning this year's Finder Award in the best margarine category. It beat out other major brands in the areas of taste and value for money.

Finalists
  • Devondale
  • Flora
Best oat milk brand

Best rated oat milk brand: Uncle Toby's

Uncle Toby's has been declared the best oat milk brand in this year's Finder Awards. It scored highest for taste, which is what you want in a good oat based beverage.

Finalists
  • Australia's Own
  • So Good
Best soy milk brand

Best rated soy milk brand: So Good

The best overall brand of soy milk in this year's Finder Awards is So Good. It rated highest in the area of taste and was recommended by 98% of respondents.

Finalists
  • Pure Harvest
  • Australia's Own
Best yoghurt brand

Best rated yoghurt brand: ALDI

ALDI Friendly Farms was the number one rated yoghurt brand this year despite some stiff competition. It received a near-perfect score for value for money and also performed strongly in the areas of taste and consistency.

Finalists
  • Tamar Valley
  • Woolworths
Best frozen entertaining food brand

Best rated frozen entertaining food brand: Steggles

Steggles was the top frozen entertaining food brand in this year's Finder Retail Awards. It was recommended by 100% of respondents.

Finalists
  • Patties
  • Pacific West
Best frozen vegetables brand

Best rated frozen vegetables brand: Market Fare (ALDI)

The Finder Award for best frozen vegetables has been taken out by ALDI's Market Fare selection. It scored higher than the competition for overall value for money and joint-highest for quality of ingredients.

Finalists
  • Coles
  • Bird's Eye
Best sweet biscuits brand

Best rated sweet biscuits brand: Arnott's

It's little surprise that the iconic Arnott's has won the best sweet biscuit category. It received top scores for taste and value and was also the highest recommended brand in our poll.

Finalists
  • Woolworths (home brand)
  • belVita
Best savoury biscuits brand

Best rated savoury biscuits brand: Arnott's

With Shapes, Sao, Jatz and Savoy within its stable, Arnott's was the clear winner for best savoury biscuit brand. It received excellent scores across taste, variety and value for money.

Finalists
  • Peckish
  • Sakata
Best drinking chocolate brand

Best rated drinking chocolate brand: Cadbury

Cadbury received the Finder Award for best drinking chocolate which should come as no surprise. If there's one thing this brand knows, it's chocolate! It outscored the competition in every category including taste and value for money.

Finalists
  • Vittoria
  • Jarrah
Best egg brand

Best rated egg brand: Lucky Chicken

Nothing beats a perfectly cooked egg for breakfast, and according to this year's Finder Retail Awards the best brand to have on your plate is Lucky Chicken. Lucky Chicken rated consistently high for taste as well as value for money.

Finalists
  • Woolworths (home brand)
  • Coles (home brand)
Best pet food brand

Best rated pet food brand: Royal Canin

Royal Canin, which sells a range of wet and dry pet food for dogs and cats, was the best rated pet food brand for 2022. 100% of respondents recommend this brand with favourable scores for reliability and value for money.

Finalists
  • Pedigree
  • Fancy Feast
Best supermarket ham brand

Best rated supermarket ham brand: ALDI

With top scores for freshness, taste and value for money, it's hard to go past ALDI for supermarket ham products.

Finalists
  • IGA
  • Costco
Best supermarket pork brand

Best rated supermarket pork brand: Costco

For the best rated supermarket pork brand, head to Costco. The wholesale supermarket had the highest rating for both taste and freshness of its pork products, and was recommended by 97% of surveyed Aussies.

Finalists
  • ALDI
  • Woolworths
Best coffee pods brand

Best rated coffee pod brand: Gloria Jeans

Gloria Jeans has won this year's Finder Retail Award for best coffee pod brand. In a tightly contested category, Gloria Jeans topped Coles with a slightly higher quality rating from surveyed consumers.

Finalists
  • Coles
  • Expressi (ALDI)
Best supermarket bakery brand

Best rated supermarket bakery brand: Harris Farm

Recommended by 100% of customers, Harris Farm has taken the award for best supermaket bakery brand at this year's Finder Awards. Harris Farm topped almost every category, making it the clear winner.

Finalists
  • Costco
  • ALDI
Best supermarket deli brand

Best rated supermarket deli brand: Harris Farm

Harris Farm is the winner of this year's Finder Award for best supermarket deli brand. Customers love the brand's deli meat taste, range and produce quality.

Finalists
  • Coles
  • IGA
Best supermarket beef brand

Best rated supermarket beef brand: Harris Farm

With the highest scores across taste, range, freshness and value for money, Harris Farm was the clear winner for the best supermarket beef brand at this year's Finder Awards.

Finalists
  • Costco
  • Woolworths
Best supermarket chicken brand

Best rated supermarket chicken brand: Harris Farm

100% of customers recommend Harris Farm chicken, with the brand also rating highly for its chickens's taste, range and freshness. This is why Harris Farm is this year's best supermarket chicken brand Finder Award winner.

Finalists
  • Costco
  • Woolworths
Best supermarket hot chicken brand

Best rated supermarket hot chicken brand: Harris Farm

Harris Farm is the brand to beat for fresh, hot supermarket chicken. Topping the scoring for taste, freshness, value for money and variety of products, it was the clear winner for best supermarket hot chicken brand at this year's Finder Awards.

Finalists
  • Costco
  • IGA
Best supermarket fried chicken brand

Best rated supermarket fried chicken brand: Harris Farm

This year's Finder Award for best supermarket fried chicken goes to Harris Farm. It scored highly for all criteria, particularly variety of products, taste and freshness.

Finalists
  • Costco
  • ALDI
Best supermarket lamb brand

Best rated supermarket lamb brand: Harris Farm

Harris Farm has won the Finder Award for best supermarket lamb brand. It scored well across all categories and was recommended by 100% of surveyed Australians.

Finalists
  • Costco
  • Woolworths
Best supermarket fresh seafood brand

Best rated supermarket fresh seafood brand: Harris Farm

For the freshest supermarket seafood, 100% of surveyed Australians recommend Harris Farm. The brand scored well for freshness, taste and variety, making it the clear winner of this year's Finder Award.

Finalists
  • Costco
  • ALDI
Best supermarket vegan products brand

Best rated supermarket vegan products brand: Harris Farm

The best supermarket brand for vegan products at this year's Finder Awards is Harris Farm. It topped the scoring across all categories, making it the clear winner.

Finalists
  • ALDI
  • Costco
Best supermarket gluten-free products brand

Best rated supermarket gluten-free products brand: Costco

With a great range of options and good value for money, Costco has taken out the Finder Award for best supermarket brand for gluten-free products this year.

Finalists
  • Harris Farm
  • ALDI
Best specialty cheese brand

Best rated specialty cheese brand: King Island

King Island is the winner of the Finder Award for best specialty cheese brand. It had the highest rating for taste of all brands, helping it secure the award.

Finalists
  • Castello
  • Tasmanian Heritage
Best soft drink brand

Best rated soft drink brand: Kirks

This year's best soft drink brand at the Finder Awards is Kirks. Its range of soft drinks scored well on value for money and taste.

Finalists
  • Bundaberg
  • Fanta
Best instant coffee brand

Best rated instant coffee brand: Nature's Cuppa

Nature's Cuppa is this year's best rated instant coffee brand at the Finder Awards. It scored well for both taste and value for money, helping it take out the award.

Finalists
  • Woolworths
  • Nescafé
Best rated fresh prawn brand

Best rated fresh prawn brand: Norfolk Bay

The best rated fresh prawn brand winner at this year's Finder Awards is Norfolk Bay. It scored well for both freshness and taste.

Finalists
  • De Costi
  • Just Caught
Best rated mayonnaise brand

Best rated mayonnaise brand: Norfolk Bay

For the tastiest mayonnaise, consider this year's Finder Award winner, Thomy. It won the best rated mayonnaise brand award thanks to high scores for taste and value for money.

Finalists
  • S&W
  • Praise

How we chose the winners

The 2021/22 Finder Retail Awards recognise brand sentiment from customer feedback on different retail product categories. Finder worked with data and insights company, Dynata to conduct thousands of customer interviews around their product purchasing history and satisfaction with their purchased products.

Disclaimer: Please refer to our methodology for more information on how we scored and judged Finder Retail Awards candidates. While we endeavour to assess the majority of product providers in the market, this is not always possible and it may be that not every brand in the market was included for judging.

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