Prices rise in supermarkets this week with a new ‘more expensive’

A shopper who compared the prices of identical basic items in supermarkets week after week says Morrison’s won an unfortunate crown in the latest bill battle – more expensive than Sainsbury’s. Emma Gill from the MEN bought the same items from different stores to give a weekly analysis of price trends.

She bought the same eight items from Tesco, Asda, Aldi, Lidl, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons – a two-quart bottle of milk, a loaf of bread, coffee, tea bags, butter, beans, breasts of chicken and minced meat. Last week, MEN found Lidl to be the cheapest of all eight products, at £9.82.

Emma said: “Despite the increase in the price of milk and butter this week, it has still kept its bill lower than any other store, at £9.91. The biggest shock though is Morrisons, who it just three weeks ago wore the cheapest crown herself, with a £9.78 bill for the basket.

“Now it comes in at £10.91 and turns out to be the most expensive of them all – taking the unfortunate place of Sainsbury’s for the first time. Three separate increases have put it there this week – its cheapest loaf of bread dropping from 39p to 54p, chicken up to £2.49 for a 300g pack of two breasts and mince dropping from £1.89 to £2.19.

“These meat prices are higher than any other supermarket and the mince is 50p more expensive than the cheapest, which is Asda’s new Just Essentials pack for £1.69. It’s not just Morrisons which drives up prices.

“Lidl, Tesco and Sainsbury’s have joined the others in raising the cost of 2 pints of milk to £1.05 from 99p, with the latter two also increasing the cost of their chicken. And Lidl has increased the cost of its butter from £1.69 to £1.72, although he still sells it cheaper than elsewhere.”

A number of organizations perform price comparisons week after week. The Grocer, for example, has been comparing prices in supermarkets for 20 years. In his latest chart, a basket of food at Morrisons was £51.74 while the same basket at Sainsbury’s was £52.82.

Grocer figures saw Tesco billed at £52.21, Asda at £51.69, Waitrose at £66.05, Aldi at £45.88 and Lidl the cheapest at £45.64.

Who? uses a basket of 18 items to compare – and puts Sainsbury’s at £27.32 while Morrisons came in at £27.06. Lidl was the cheapest at £23.55.

Here is the shopping list and total for each supermarket in the MEN test (as of Friday, June 17)

lidl

Loaf of white bread 800g – 36p

Milk 2 pints – £1.05 (from 99p)

Coffee 200g – 1,69€

160 tea bags – £99

Salted butter 250g – 1,72€ (from £1.69)

Beans Box 420g – 22p

Chicken 300g – £1.99

Chopped 500g 20% ​​MG – €1.89

Total £9.91 (was £9.82)

Asda

Loaf of white bread 800g (Malin Price) – 39p

Milk 2 pints – £1.05

Coffee 200g (2 x 100g Just Essentials) – £1.50

160 tea bags (4 x smart price 40 pack) – £1.12

Salted butter 250g – €1.75

Beans 410g tin (Smart Price) – 25p

Chicken (largest 350g pack for £2.65) – equals £2.27

Chopped 500g 20% ​​MG – €1.69

Total£10.02

Aldi

Loaf of white bread 800g – 36p

Milk 2 pints – £1.05

Coffee 200g – 1,69€

Bags 160 – €1.09

Salted butter 250g – €1.75

Beans Box 420g – 22p

Chicken 300g – £1.99

Chopped 500g 20% ​​MG – €1.89

Total £10.04

Tesco

Loaf of white bread 800g – 36p

Milk 2 pints – £1.05 (from 99p)

Coffee 200g (2 x 100g) – £1.70

160 tea bags (2 x 80 pack) – €1.10

Salted butter 250g – €1.75

Beans Box 420g – 22p

Chicken 300g – £2.25 (from £2.20)

Chopped 500g 20% ​​MG – €1.89

Total £10.32 (was £10.21)

Sainsbury’s

Loaf of white bread 800g – 36p

Milk 2 pints – £1.05 (from 99p)

Coffee 200g 2€ (from £1.69)

Bags 160 – €1.09

Salted butter 250g – €1.75 (was £1.90)

Beans Box 400g – 21p

Chicken 300g – £2.40 (from £2.30)

Chopped 500g 20% ​​MG – €1.89 (was £2.10)

Total £10.75 (was £10.64)

Morrison

Loaf of white bread 800g – 54p (from 39p)

Milk 2 pints – £1.05

Coffee (2 x 100g) – £1.50

160 Tea Bags (2 x 80-pack Savers) – £1.18

Salted butter 250g – €1.75

Beans Box 410g – 21p

Chicken 300g – 2,49€ (was £2.05)

Chopped 500g 20% ​​MG – €2.19 (was £1.89)

Total £10.91 (was £10.02)

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