Shopping Around

By | February 4, 2008

There is a Gala shop in Enfield and a Londis shop in Johnstownbridge. I live between the two villages. We use a fair bit of milk and I take note of prices, which is just as well.

The Gala shop charges €2.30 for 2l Avonmore and €1.60 for their own brand Gala milk (which I checked is Irish milk packed by Glanbia who also own Avonmore. Same milk, Same company, 60** cent in the difference).

Our Londis shop charges €2.50-60 (keeps changing) for the Avonmore milk and today I saw they too sell Gala milk for €2.15 for 2l.

So a) Londis is charging WAY over the odds and I haven’t been buying milk there at all recently.
b) own brand purchasing the way to go anyway* and
c) how did Londis, Gala’s competitor, get their hands on Gala milk?

I’ve called Gala and their very cheerful PR woman is on the case.

*I’ve also approved for use Tesco Tomato Ketchup. Not only is it significantly cheaper than Heinz and Chef but has actually MORE tomatoes per 100g.

Glanbia also owns Premier milk. So its all the same. Shop only by price…

**em, yes, error, see comments.

16 thoughts on “Shopping Around

  1. Andrew Lawlor

    ‘a) Londis is charging WAY over the odds’

    The last time I checked milk was not a commodity which is subject to any form of price control. ‘The odds’ for a 2L of milk is whatever you can get for it. If I was selling milk I would not refuse €2.60 for it if I could get it, simply because the guy down the road had under-priced. (If Londis can get €2.60 in Johnstownbridge then Gala can get €2.60 in Enfield, but not from you, Sarah.)

    The fact that the milk is Irish does not necessarily mean that it comes from this country. Check the EU plant number on the label. It wil tell you whether the milk came from UK means it came from Northern Ireland (UK economy), IRL means it came from Ireland.

  2. Paul Newton

    The Gala shop charges €2.30 for 2l Avonmore and €1.60 for their own brand Gala milk (which I checked is Irish milk packed by Glanbia who also own Avonmore. Same milk, Same company, 60 cent in the difference)

    I was always annoyingly good at mental maths… I think you’ll find a childhood assiction to darts helps.

  3. Adrian

    I bought 2 litres of Avonmore Milk (the lite watery stuff) in my local Mace in Dundalk t’other day. 2.75. I nearly dropped. It’s cheaper to drink petrol.

  4. Gordon Davies

    The best way to save money – avoid all convenience stores, but then there are social considerations – local shops etc!

    Tesco’s own brand productsare often cheaper and better quality. The Irish Times praised their crunchy peanut butter (a breakfast essential for me). and they are still the only source of pork pies I have found.

    Pity I have never found a competent assistant at any Tesco fish counter. I ma fed up of explaining that fish should not be placed directly on ice. Much of the fish is already cooked by the ice.


  5. Sarah Post author

    And thanks for plant number tip. I had my suspicions about the source so no harm checking further.

  6. Conor

    jaysus, Sarah are you ever going to give Lidl a try, I am sure there is one close enough to you? The have a great organic section and they even do fair trade products…which I hope we all use these days?

  7. Sarah Post author

    There is one in Maynooth, but you see, most of my shopping is local – supporting some local jobs! Shopping is awful enough without including a 20 mile round trip into the equation. About once a month I’ll do a big shop online with Superquinn and once every two months I’ll venture to Tesco in Maynooth. That is a life draining experience I have no wish to prolong by visiting TWO supermarkets on the one day. Also, I know product for product they are cheaper than local shops but I buy loads of extra stuff I could do without when I’m there, so I don’t really save any money at all. I operate a “just-in-time” system which means we throw out very little. When I do the big shop I try to concentrate on non-perishable items for the store cupboard (tins, dried, cleaning stuff). But invariably end up getting stupid child-marketed food (the strawberry flavoured porridge was disgusting and the box is still here).

    Also, I know everyone says Lidl is great but I did go on an excursion once with my mother and we were very disappointed. I think perhaps their stock is….(struggling for the word here…..) unreliable? They get in some great stuff one week but its not here the next so you have to go Lidl, see what they have, and get the rest in another supermarket. I hate food shopping. I’m not going to make my life harder by increasing the number of shops I have to go to.

    Whole Foods in the US. Wonderful shop! Though apparently not half as wholesome as it claims. They are the classic industrialised organic outlet….

  8. Justin Mason

    Forget Whole Foods. next time you’re over, check out Trader Joe’s — simply the best grocery-shopping experience I’ve ever had. organic food that was miles cheaper than the other chains, fantastic own-brand products, lovely staff, great prices — Ireland has nothing like it.

  9. Conor

    Justin….you are not going to believe this but….Aldi owns Trader Joes….
    That said I wholehearthly agree….trader joes rules! And bantry bay mussels are cheaper there than Tescos (or they were the last time I looked)

    Sarah…I know this sounds terrible…but your comments on Lidl are almost …em…aul biddy-ish 😉

  10. Sarah Post author

    I won’t deny the aul-biddy element of my character at all! What about my shop local policy? Does this not get me any brownie points? I though local was a core part of sustainable living!

  11. Betty

    I was in Trader Joes in DC and thought “Joe” was somewhere around sweeping the floor or something. So is Joe just like “old Mr Brennan”Was I had up for a sucker (again)–still it is a brilliant shop, I love it.Betty

  12. Justin Mason

    Conor: I know! they have little in common beyond the ownership, though. TJ’s is an entirely more impressive setup.

    Betty: afraid so. 😉

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