First GROCERYchoice data from Choice released with greater comparison

Posted by Daniel Palmer on 2nd February 2009

The most expensive total basket of groceries in Australia ($177.83) is to be found at independent stores in Sydney’s outer north west, and the cheapest ($156.24) at
Woolworths/Safeway in the city’s inner east, according to the latest figures from GROCERYchoice out today.

Woolworths/Safeway has the cheapest complete grocery basket in 53 of the 61 regions. Aldi remains cheapest for a basic basket in the 40 regions where it operates, according to the results of the price survey.

Other comparisons in the data show the difference between the cheapest and most expensive baskets is greatest in Sydney where it is $21; less in Melbourne where it is
about $15; almost the same in Brisbane and Adelaide where it is $6, and effectively non-existent in Tasmania and the Northern Territory.

There is also some consistency nationally in the price of the cheapest basket, which ranges in most state capitals between $156.24 (Sydney) and $158.99 (ACT). Consumers in Southern Tasmania and the Northern Territory pay about $10 extra.

Consumer group Choice officially took over control of the troubled website from the ACCC today ahead of a major revamp by mid-year.

“As part of our commitment to make GROCERYchoice more transparent and relevant to consumers we will be releasing as much additional data and analysis about supermarket prices as possible,” CHOICE spokesman, Christopher Zinn, suggested. “We shall be breaking the figures down to allow easier comparisons and as the months go by we will closely follow the trends in prices. According to the latest CPI figures food prices are up 5.6% from a year ago.”