THE Argus has found the most expensive place to buy milk in town after reports of rising costs due to rising inflation.
After it turned out that the price of a pint of milk had risen above £1 for the first time ever, we set out to find the most expensive and cheapest places to buy milk at your local supermarkets.
The Argus visited 13 supermarkets across the city to find out what a pint of milk costs in the city, with the average cost being 83p. Prices ranged from as low as 50p to more than £1.
Customers in Sainsbury’s Local Stores in Brighton and Hove have to pay £1.05 for a single pint of milk – the most expensive cost we’ve found in a larger supermarket in the city.
However, shoppers in Sainsbury’s larger supermarkets, such as the Lewes Road and New England Street branches, will have to pay 20p less – paying just 85p.
Those shopping at their local Tesco Express will also have to pay a 10p difference more than online or at its Church Road supermarket.
A Sainsbury’s spokeswoman defended the price difference, saying it was common for items in supermarkets to be priced lower than in smaller convenience stores due to higher operating costs.
She said: “There may be price differences between convenience stores and supermarkets.
“This is because our Sainsbury’s Local Stores are in city or town core locations and their operating costs, such as rents and rates, are higher.
“With costs rising, we’re working hard to keep prices down. We invest over half a billion pounds to ensure the items people buy most are on the shelves at the best prices and we are confident that our Sainsbury’s quality, the Aldi Price Match campaign and the price lock promise make a big difference for our customers.”
Discount supermarket chains Aldi and Lidl charge 85p for a pint of milk, with Asda, Sainsbury’s and Tesco paying the same price.
Waitrose and Marks and Spencer, both known for their premium products, also offer a pint of milk for 85p.
A Waitrose spokeswoman said: “We ensure our milk prices are competitive while paying sustainable prices to our farmers.
“At Waitrose we are the only supermarket to offer free range milk, even for our key Waitrose product, which means our customers can also get industry leading animal welfare standards at competitive prices.”
However, it was Poundland that offered the cheapest price for a pint of milk at just 50p – close to the average price for milk at the start of the year, according to the Office for National Statistics.
A spokesman for Poundland said more people had gone to the discounter for essentials compared to last year.
He said: “We know with certainty that more than ever, customers expect us to deliver on what we promise – to deliver amazing value.
“Over the past several years, we’ve transformed many of our stores to offer more of what they need, from chilled and frozen groceries to clothing and housewares, week in and week out.”
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