Aldi no longer UKs cheapest supermarket – Wales Online

Aldi is no longer the UK’s cheapest supermarket.

The German retailer lost its budget crown to rival Lidl over the school summer holiday period, the latest price comparison for a basket of essential goods shows.

Lidl was identified as the best-value grocer in August – with Asda the cheapest of the traditional supermarket big four.

Shoppers paid £24.11 for a basket of 23 essential items at Lidl, 43p less than in Aldi – and £9 less than Waitrose, reports The Mirror.

Consumer group Which? compared the prices of 23 items – including own-brand products such as apples and eggs, and branded goods such as Hovis wholemeal bread.

Asda was the cheapest ‘big four’ supermarket, with a basket costing £25.22. Waitrose was the most expensive, with basket costing £33.20 – that’s 38% more.

Some of the biggest price differences were seen in label melons, with a £1.31 cost differential between Lidl and Waitrose.

And PG Tips tea bags had a price differential of £1.25.

Which? also did a ‘big shop’, comparing 82 items, including Branston baked bean and Colgate toothpaste. However Which excluded Lidl and Aldi due to the two chains not stocking significant volumes of branded products.

The price of Kenco coffee, Oxo stock cubes and Twinings English breakfast tea , with own-label products including onions and milk, were also compared

Asda came out as the cheapest of the traditional supermarkets with the trolley costing £149.20 – £21.22 cheaper than the most expensive supermarket, Waitrose.

Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Ocado and Tesco all had similar prices, with just £2.63 separating them.

Asda has been the cheapest of the traditional supermarkets for more than a year. It has claimed the title every month since January 2020.

Ele Clark, Which? retail expert, told The Mirror : “The weekly food shop can have a big impact on consumers’ pockets, which is why we check hundreds of grocery prices every day.

“Our latest analysis shows shoppers don’t have to pay over the odds for a trolley of popular groceries if they go to Lidl, which was the cheapest supermarket in August.

“Shoppers wanting to cut down on the cost of a wider selection of branded goods could consider shopping at Asda, which was more than £21 cheaper than the most expensive supermarket.”

Cost of 23 essential items – compared

Below is how much consumers spent on an average shopping basket of 23 goods last month.

  1. Lidl – £24.11
  2. Aldi – £24.54
  3. Asda – £25.22
  4. Morrisons – £27.14
  5. Sainsbury’s- £28.18
  6. Tesco – £28.47
  7. Ocado – £30.33
  8. Waitrose – £33.20

Cheapest Big Four grocer in August

The comparison of 82 items also included Ocado and Waitrose.

  1. Asda – £149.20
  2. Sainsbury’s – £158.53
  3. Morrisons – £159.34
  4. Ocado – £161.16
  5. Tesco – £161.16

  6. Waitrose – £170.42


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