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Baby Milk Brands, Prices, and Places to Shop

on September 19, 2008

My little princess consumes a lot of milk. I buy an average of 2 cans a month and more. The reality is that milk takes up a large portion of the family’s budget. I’ve been thinking lately of hoarding milk so my budget on my baby’s milk stays at a fixed cost.

Sadly, we are often subject to inflation, and manufacturers often pass on this additional cost to unsuspecting consumers.

I did a short but detailed canvass limited to Unimart, Cherry, SM, Mercury Drug and Cash and Carry. We were able to come up with a fair tally for popular infant and toddler formula milk.

I limited the choices to 900 g cans. The data below is based on current items that were displayed on shelf today and limited to the stores that were covered today.

Best Places to Buy Milk at a Bargain Price:

RANK GAIN 2 SRP NO STOCK
1 UNIMART 737.95
2 CHERRY 748.7
3 SM 762.5
4 MERCURY DRUG 770
5 RUSTAN’S 771
6 CASH AND CARRY 0 NS
RANK GAIN 3 SRP NO STOCK
1 UNIMART 587.95
2 CHERRY 611.15
3 SM 619.5
4 MERCURY DRUG 628.5
5 RUSTAN’S 629.95
6 CASH AND CARRY 632.5
RANK GAIN 4 SRP NO STOCK
1 UNIMART 537.75
2 CHERRY 553
3 CASH AND CARRY 573
4 RUSTAN’S 583.95
5 SM 0 NS
6 MERCURY DRUG 0 NS
RANK ISOMIL SRP NO STOCK
1 UNIMART 809.5
2 CHERRY 818
3 RUSTAN’S 0 NS
4 SM 839.5
5 MERCURY DRUG 840.75
6 CASH AND CARRY 848.7
RANK ISOMIL 2 SRP NO STOCK
1 UNIMART 729.25 NS
2 CHERRY 736.4
3 RUSTAN’S 0 NS
4 SM 0 NS
5 MERCURY DRUG 756.75
6 CASH AND CARRY 764.4
RANK NAN HA1 SRP NO STOCK
1 MERCURY DRUG 687.25
2 RUSTAN’S 822.5
3 SM 822.5
4 CASH AND CARRY 0 NS
5 UNIMART 0 NS
6 CHERRY 0 NS
RANK PEDIASURE SRP NO STOCK
1 UNIMART 829.95
2 CHERRY 838
3 RUSTAN’S 849.5
4 SM 849.5
5 MERCURY DRUG 860.5
6 CASH AND CARRY 867.4
RANK PROGRESS SRP NO STOCK
1 CHERRY 563.4
2 UNIMART 568.5
3 RUSTAN’S 0 NS
4 SM 0 NS
5 MERCURY DRUG 0 NS
6 CASH AND CARRY 0 NS
RANK PROMIL SRP NO STOCK
1 UNIMART 492.95
2 CHERRY 496
3 MERCURY DRUG 498.5
4 SM 584.5
5 CASH AND CARRY 629.5
6 RUSTAN’S 0 NS
RANK PROMIL GOLD SRP NO STOCK
1 RUSTAN’S 717.5
2 CASH AND CARRY 723.5
3 MERCURY DRUG 724.5
4 UNIMART 0 NS
5 CHERRY 0 NS
6 SM 0 NS
RANK SIMILAC SRP NO STOCK
1 UNIMART 737.75
2 CHERRY 802
3 CASH AND CARRY 829.5
4 MERCURY DRUG 835
5 RUSTAN’S 0 NS
6 SM 0 NS
RANK S26 SRP NO STOCK
1 SM 609.5
2 CASH AND CARRY 609.95
3 CHERRY 641.2
4 MERCURY DRUG 723
5 UNIMART 0 NS
6 RUSTAN’S 0 NS
RANK S26 LACTOSE FREE SRP NO STOCK
1 UNIMART 715.25
2 SM 724.5
3 CHERRY 759.4
4 MERCURY DRUG 769.5
5 CASH AND CARRY 0 NS
6 RUSTAN’S 0 NS

In terms of winning the distinction of having the most affordable prices for milk. Unimart ranks #1 on our list. They are followed by Cherry Foodarama at #2 and SM at #3 . They stand out as one of the most value for money place to shop for milk powder. Rustan’s, Cash and Carry and Mercury Drug prices are more or less similar to each other and fluctuate as some products are priced either higher or lower.

In terms of availability of products and reliability, Mercury Drug won the category for best supply chain management. They have the most complete range of milk available in the market and limited stock outs.

Cherry Foodarma follows a close 2nd. Cash and Carry is #3 on our list. Unimart and SM both rank number #4. Rustan’s lags behind at #5 and wins the distinction of having the most out of stock items in the milk category.

In terms of the brands of milk availability, there only two brands that we found that are available in all stores: Pediasure and Gain 3.

Difficulty level of getting stocks for certain milk brands.

Easy to Find brands: Gain 2, Isomil and Promil. These brands with only 1 store out of 6 with out of stocks.

Gain 4, Similac, S26 and S26 Lactose free are the brands which have 2 out of 6 stores having stock issues.

Hard to find brands : Nan HA1, Isomil 2, and Promil Gold. These brands are not available in 50% of the stores we check out .

Most Difficult to Find: Progress. This brand are not available in 66% of the stores we covered.

The reality is that It’s more cost efficient to actually stock up on milk for several months than to go out and buy milk last minute at convenience stores which tend to mark-up higher as the consumer pays for the convenience.

I’ve been guilty of buying 1 or 2 cans a month just to stay within the allocated budget. But when I run out of milk, I end up spending more since I have no choice but to go to places like Mercury to buy since the baby needs to drink milk. : )

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11 responses to “Baby Milk Brands, Prices, and Places to Shop

  1. ryan patacsil says:

    hello. i came across your blog and was caught surprised at the prices of milk in the philippines. i currently live in the US and my wife and daughter are living in the Philippines. I dont know if the prices has skyrocketed since the time you posted your blog, but could you inform me about the present prices of milk. (especially GAIN3) i spoke to my wife just a few days ago and she told me that at SM, they are selling GAIN3 for 1,600 pesos?. i didnt want to comment on what she said cause she might assume im doubting her…..with all honesty, I AM. is 1,600 really the suggested retail price? also, could you help me find a source on where i could get price quotes for milk, diapers, wipes? i would greatly appreciate it. thank you very much

    ryan

  2. mymikhaela says:

    Hi Ryan,

    I think they’ve increased since I last posted but I’ll be doing another survey soon, but these are just limited to the 900 g ones. I’m sure that the bigger sized ones will undoubtedly be expensive. Pediasure when I used to buy the 1.8 kg size before was around that price depending on the store .

    From what I’ve seen, Unimart is one the cheaper places to buy milk. Compared to the pricing of SM and other places. Remember that when you go to a supermarket that is attached to a mall, you are paying extra for the convenience of having the supermarket situated in that area. Things will definitely be more expensive. Even your parking alone will cost your Php 40.00. Add that to your monthly budget, you know that you will be better off shopping at a supermarket that doesn’t charge hourly parking rates

    I don’t buy that much milk though since the melamine scare, and the only thing left for my child to consume is Isomil.

    Mymikhaela

  3. Arlyn says:

    Hello Mymikhaela. Can you please confirm that this prices are correct? My relatives said that the price in Cavite (pharmacy store) for 900g is PHP1,018.00!!!

    Is this possible???

    Regards,

    Arlyn

  4. Arlyn says:

    Sorry. I was thinking for JUNIOR FORMULA, milk powder for children over 1 year old. Thank you for your comment.

    Arlyn

  5. mymikhaela says:

    Hi Arlyn,

    The article I made was last September. I’ll be updating around January. Too traffic to be going around at this time. What’s Junior formula?

    But a lot of things have gone up since i made that post.

    Regards,

    Mymikhaela

  6. Arlyn says:

    Hello mymikhaela. What is the price for growing-up milk powder for children 1 to 3 years old, with prebiotic. Do you know product ”NIDO +1 with prebiotic”? What is the price for 900g tin? Sorry, but i wish to buy a few pieces when I visit my relatives in Cavite. If you have time… please check up.

  7. ryan patacsil says:

    what is the biggest size for gain3? and how much are they in their respective sizes? from smallest to largest. thank you po

  8. Randy says:

    Hello Ma’am:

    I have my 9 month baby girl who was given an emfapro milk by her pedia. But i think it’s too costly, do you have any idea of cheaper branded milk of the same quality?

    • mymikhaela says:

      Hi Randy,

      I suggest you check out the supermarket aisles and compare pricing, I haven’t been looking at baby milk lately as my kids have grown up. I’d stick with the imported formulas made by wyeth, mead johnson, nestle and the like.
      Check out the age range for the milk before you buy. I think my son used Gain a long time ago, but he was lactose intolerant so I had to move him to pediasure.

    • mymikhaela says:

      Hi Randy,

      Try to stick to the ones made in New Zealand whatever you do. All of them are pretty much the same, it’s just a matter of branding, marketing and their hyped up formulation.

  9. mymikhaela says:

    Hi if I ‘m not mistaken these were based on the 1 kg sizes.

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