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Last updated: 29 October 2019


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We blind taste test and review 22 supermarket tomato sauces and ketchups, from brands including Heinz, Masterfoods and Rosella, to find out which one you should be stocking in your condiments cupboard.

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How we test

We tested 22 tomato sauce products that are available nationally in major supermarket chains. We included products labelled ‘ketchup’ and products labelled as reduced salt and/or sugar. Price is based on the price of a 500mL (or closest) bottle in Sydney stores (not on special) in September 2019.


Our experts tasted the tomato sauce samples 'blind' (without knowing the brands) in a randomised order, which was different for each expert.


Experts independently judged all tomato sauce products, scoring each sample for flavour and aroma, texture and appearance. The CHOICE score is made up of taste 90% (50% flavour, 30% texture, 10% aroma and 10% presentation) and nutrition 10% (based on the Health Star Rating, calculated from the details in the nutrition information panel and converted to a percentage). We recommend products with a CHOICE score of 70% or more.

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    Percentage Australian ingredients

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    As per the country of origin statement on pack.

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    Reduced salt

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    Described on pack as reduced or lower salt.

      Reduced sugar

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      Described on pack as reduced or lower sugar or no added sugar.

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        • % Australian ingredients
        • Brand
        • Model
        • Recommended
        • CHOICE score
        • Taste test score
        • Nutrition score
        • Sauce or ketchup
        • Reduced sugar
        • Reduced salt
        • Bottle type
        • Pack size (g)
        • Price
        • Price per 100g
        • Energy/100g (kJ)
        • Sugars/100g (g)
        • Sodium/100g (mg)
        • Sweetener
        • Ingredients
        • Country of origin


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