Rebecca Astill compared Napolina canned tomatoes to items at supermarkets including Aldi, M&S, Co-Op and Tesco – to find out which tastes the best
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When it comes canned tomatoesMost of us would agree that they’re not something too different between brands – a canned tomato is a canned tomato, right?
Rebecca Astill, from Birmingham Liveput that theory to the ultimate test by trying canned tomatoes from seven different supermarkets and comparing them to the popular Napolina brand, which can cost almost twice the price of any of the super’s own brands. town.
Reporters compared tomatoes from Aldi, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, MISS, Cooperate and Morrisons to find out which gives you the best taste at the most reasonable price – and determine if Napolina’s price increase is really worth it.
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Rebecca started with the Napolina brand, which costs 80p for a 400g tin and claims to be “the UK’s #1 tomato brand”.
In her taste test, the female reporter rated the tin 8/10 and said: “The sauce has a thick consistency and the tomatoes are just the right size making them fragrant but not too big to eat. and its taste. rich and slightly grape”.
Next on the list is the Marks and Spencer product, which at 50p for 400g is much cheaper than Napolina, and even tastes “quite similar” to the popular brand. Rebecca admits the M&S version has “less sugar” and is therefore not to her taste, but gives them a score of 7 out of 10.
Third in the test panel is Tesco, who sell their 400g tin for 45p. Rebecca claims the tomatoes have a “lighter metallic aftertaste” and are in the sauce better than the Napolina variety.
Tesco’s offer received only 5 out of 10, with the reporter saying: “The tin is fine, and would be perfectly fine for pasta, but tasting the different cans of tomatoes side by side this was close to the bottom. .”
Following Tesco’s 45p tomatoes is Sainsbury’s, who also price their tins at 45p each. But when compared directly with Tesco, Sainsbury’s comparable prices have ignited the competition.
Rebecca rates Sainsbury’s tomatoes a perfect 10 out of 10 and says the tin contains all the tomato pieces and has a ketchup-like consistency.
Also pricing their tomatoes at 45p is Morrisons, with the reporter saying their tomatoes are “real tomatoes, no artificial sweetness”. Rebecca insists she likes a bit of sweetness in her tins so she gave them a 7/10 rating, matching the more expensive Marks and Spencer.
Next is the Co-Op, who received a pretty average 5/10 from Rebecca. The tins cost 47p, and the reporter said the 2p increase was not worth it because of the inferior taste.
Rebecca tried the next 55p tin from Waitrose, which is cheaper than Napolina but is the most expensive of the supermarket brands. She said the taste was “clean”, but did not justify the 10p price increase.
The last tomato to face the test was the cheapest of the bunch, with Aldi charging just 28p for 400g. However, Rebecca was bitterly disappointed with their water supply, as she only gave them a 3/10.
She said: “The bargain supermarket has clearly scrambled for cheaper than quality here because the ketchup is watery and tasteless, lacking the depth and richness of brands like Sainsbury’s and M&S.
“What you can taste is delicious – but it’s too bland to carry the whole pasta sauce, unfortunately. It’s like water with tomato chunks floating around.”
Overall, Rebecca says the only supermarket brand that beats Napolina for her is Sainsbury’s – at almost half the price, a welcome discovery.
“Overall, I find myself preferring slightly sweeter canned tomatoes like Sainsbury’s and Napolina,” she says.
“I was delighted to find a cheaper alternative to Napolina, with Sainsbury’s almost half the price at 45p.
“Some cans of tomatoes are too shallow for my liking, and I suspect that was watered down to create a higher tin content with less pure tomato juice.”
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