Have you ever wondered what the difference is between supermarket own brand yoghurt and the big name yoghurts? Come to that have you ever wondered who makes the own brand yoghurts?
This is something I did a short article on back in November 2013 after shopping in Aldi. Below is what I wrote.
When I visit one of the German supermarket chains, Aldi or Lidl, I tend to treat myself to a pot of one of their own more luxury yogurts. I had noticed the Lidl yogurts were made in Germany but the Aldi 'Specially Selected Lemon Curd West Country Yogurt' I recently picked up in Honiton was clearly labelled 'Made With British Milk'. It was very tasty and I was curious where in the West Country it had been made. Like all EU made pre-packed dairy products it had a manufacturers code on the pack, in this case UK UW 020 EC. I wondered how hard it would be to discover who this mark belonged to? A search of Google actually turned up the answer virtually straight away. The Food Standards Agency web site had a link which opened a spreadsheet detailing a "List of approved milk and dairy establishments in England" [Link no longer works]. So back to the Aldi West Country yogurt. The spreadsheet reveals the UW designation belongs to North Somerset Council and that products stamped UW 020 are produced by Yeo Valley Foods in the Bristol region. I knew Yeo Valley were Westcountry based and had sites at Highbridge just off the M5, at Cannington just outside Bridgwater, and at Coombe Farm, Crewkerne but these are not North Somerset. Looking at Yeo Vally's web site I see they are based at Blagdon, east of Weston-Super-Mare, which is in North Somerset. They have a factory there so I guess this is where my Aldi yogurt actually came from.
Since I wrote that I have noticed the UW20EC code on own brand yoghurts in other supermarkets.