Supermarket food: Stefan Gates compares fruit and veg cost
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A monthly comparison by Which? looked at the prices of 20 essential grocery items including apples, eggs and bread. Over the 30-day period, prices of the food were analysed in different supermarkets including Aldi, Lidl, Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose to determine the cheapest.
German discounter Lidl was named the UK’s cheapest supermarket for the third time this year.
It comes as the grocer overtook rival Aldi by just 40p.
Aldi has consistently been one of the cheapest supermarkets in the UK, offering customers good quality products at great prices.
Tesco and Sainsbury’s have even started an Aldi Price Match scheme to gain loyalty from some shoppers.
The basket of groceries from Lidl was priced at just £22.66, 40p more expensive than rival Aldi.
Asda was the cheapest “big four” supermarket, with the trolley costing £25.26.
At the other end of the scale, Waitrose was over £9 more expensive than Lidl, with the groceries costing £31.88.
Groceries with some of the biggest price differences including PG Tips tea bags, which had a price difference of £1.52 between Lidl and Waitrose.
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Own-brand raspberries also had a £1.20 difference, and large free-range eggs, which had a £1.13 difference.
In April, Aldi took the top spot as the cheapest UK supermarket.
Which? also compared costs for a trolley of 82 items across branded and unbranded items at Waitrose, Ocado and the “big four” retailers.
For the 16th month running, Asda claimed the top spot with a £159.11 bill for 82 items.
It was £6.11 cheaper than Sainsbury’s, who came in second at £165.11.
Asda was almost £23 cheaper than the most expensive supermarket Waitrose, which would’ve cost customers £181.60.
Surprisingly, Tesco was the second most expensive retailer, with the large trolley of goods costing £168.88.
The shopping list combined the original 20 items plus more including Chicago Town pizzas, Hovis bread and own-label foods.
Ele Clark, Which? retail editor, said: “The weekly supermarket shop can have a big impact on people’s wallets.
“However, our latest analysis shows shoppers don’t have to pay over the oods for their favourite groceries if they go to Lidl, which was the cheapest supermarket in May.
“If you’re after a wider selection of branded goods, shoppers could make a big saving by heading to Asda, which is currently the cheapest of the ‘big four’ supermarkets.”
According to data from market research company Kantar Worldpanel, people have spent an additional £3.8billion in supermarkets over the past three months compared with the same period in 2019.
The company said the surge has come thanks to the continued roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, with more feeling safe to enter supermarkets.
Shoppers also made 58million more visits to the supermarkets this May than they did in May 2020.
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