EVER wondered what the difference is between premium products and supermarket versions? Well . . . not much.
A Sun investigation can reveal that household brands such as McVitie’s, Muller, Pataks and Andrex also produce unbranded items for our supermarkets.
Many big chains are notoriously secretive about their suppliers, but we have uncovered products which are made by the manufacturers of premium brands — although some use different recipes.
Last week we exposed how Hula Hoops and Aldi’s Snackrite Hoops are both made by KP Snacks.
A packaging mix-up meant bags of branded Hula Hoops were found inside an Aldi multipack.
The Budget supermarket gets many of its products from suppliers of favourite British brands.
It is understood its curry sauces are made by AB World Foods, which produces Pataks curry sauces.
Muller is also believed to make Aldi’s yoghurts.
Both firms insist they use different recipes for supermarket versions.
Aldi has also been linked to United Foods, which makes McVitie’s biscuits, and Kimberly-Clark, the manufacturer of Andrex toilet paper.
Both suppliers refused to comment on their arrangements with supermarkets. McVitie’s makes digestive biscuits for some British supermarkets but declined to reveal which ones.
The maker of Andrex has also been linked to toilet rolls produced for Sainsbury’s, while Asda toilet roll lines are produced by SCA, the makers of Cushelle and Velvet.
Ambrosia custard maker Premier Foods produces custard for Tesco and other supermarkets at its Devon creamery, although it insists the recipe is “completely different” from the Ambrosia version.