According to a survey, shoppers could pay four times as much for the same branded groceries depending on where and when they shop.
Which? found that Asda had the lowest average prices for branded groceries while Waitrose and Ocado were the most expensive, in a survey of 493 items at six major supermarkets last year.
Buyers could pay almost four times as much for Lavazza Qualita Rossa ground coffee (250g) at Ocado on separate days, with prices ranging from £ 1.30 over 63 days to £ 5 over 130 days – a difference of 284% .
Ocado said the price fluctuation was a mistake that had been corrected.
The price of Muller Light Greek Luscious Lemon yogurts fluctuated considerably at Sainsbury’s between £ 1 and £ 2.75 – a difference of 175% – about three weeks apart. The same product was also available for £ 1 or less in at least one of the major supermarkets for around 85% of the year, which one? find.
Other price changes include Carte D’Or vanilla ice cream and Loyd Grossman tomato and basil sauce at Asda, by 133% and 125% respectively.
Jordans Country Crisp Four Nut cereal at Tesco costs £ 1.35 on some days and £ 3 on others, a variation of 122%.
The survey also analyzed the prices of 19 product categories, finding that the cost of branded cakes and cookies fluctuated by 48% on average.
A 10-pack of Cadbury Chocolate Mini Rolls at Asda had the biggest difference in price, ranging from £ 1.20 to its cheapest but more than doubling to £ 2.60 on some days.
Prices for juices and smoothies varied by 41% on average, followed by cooking sauces (38%), crisps (36%) and cereals (35%).
Across all 19 categories, Asda had the lowest average prices for branded groceries, making it the best option for buyers who prefer branded items but don’t want to pay more.
Waitrose was the most expensive supermarket for branded items in eight categories, including energy drinks, ice cream and tea, and Ocado for seven categories, including juice drinks, coffee and cheddar.
Almost all of the products under investigation varied in price and could be found at a reduced price in one or more supermarkets at any time. However, one who? A survey found that one in five shoppers are baffled by grocery store promotions and that the majority (73%) would prefer consistently low prices.
Aldi and Lidl were not included in the survey because they stocked fewer branded products.
Ele Clark, which one? The retail editor said: “Our research reveals how much food and drink prices can fluctuate from day to day, which means people are at risk of massively overpaying for products. branded grocery store based on when and where they shop.
“We recommend that you keep an eye on the prices of your favorite products and refuel when they are at a reduced price to avoid paying more than the odds.”
An Ocado spokesperson said, “Ocado is committed to providing our customers with the best range, service and value on the market. As part of this commitment, we are proud to offer more than 49,000 products – more than any other supermarket.
“The price fluctuation of the Lavazza product was due to a technical error and has since been resolved. The regular price is now restored and matches that of most other major grocery retailers. “
Waitrose said, “We are constantly reviewing pricing to ensure that we are delivering the highest quality products at fair prices, combined with fantastic customer service.”