Wendy Rechichi, believes prices “could be better”.
Wendy Rechichi, believes prices “could be better”. Crystal Spencer

Food prices similar to 2 years ago

A STUDY of grocery prices at three Tweed Heads South supermarkets has revealed grocery prices remain similar, and in many cases are less than they were two years ago.

A short list of staple food items, used in May 2008 to compare prices of Tweed supermarkets, was taken back to Coles and Woolworths in Tweed City Shopping Centre, plus Aldi at Tweed Heads South.

Unit prices were used in the study, despite in some cases the products not being available in the specified quantities.

Woolworths was $2.47 cheaper than two years ago, while Coles was $5.76 more expensive and Aldi was $2.07 less.

However, there was no “budget” mince available at Coles yesterday and a higher grade was selected, which bumped up the overall price considerably.

A different brand of Woolworths bread was also chosen than two years ago, which saw the overall price drop by $1.39.

Wendy Rechichi, 56 of Pottsville, yesterday said supermarkets were still using “gimmicks” to make shoppers buy more than they needed.

“Overall, they say the prices have gone down, but I don’t think they have,” Mrs Rechichi said.

“Products are very expensive, very expensive for what they are. I think prices could be a lot better.”

A Woolworths spokesman said what the figures showed was that especially when it comes to fresh food, there were many factors at work affecting prices.

“Over the past year customers will have seen a fall in many vegetable prices as market prices overall have fallen,” he said.

“At the same time Woolworths has reduced the shelf price permanently on about 4500 of the 30,000 products in an average supermarket because we’ve spent a decade driving costs out of our business and becoming as efficient as we can.”

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