By Anita Graafland
Supermarket aisle – photo by nathalia-rosa-unsplash
About a year ago, your newsletter team toyed with the idea of an article about price differences between the United Kingdom and other countries in Europe, triggered by a contribution from one of our readers, John Holloway, about the massive price gaps between France and the UK. At the time, I drew up my own shopping list – which was highly idiosyncratic and not at all representative – and did a bit of research myself. My conclusion in July of 2022 was that the UK and the Netherlands were equally expensive.
When returning to the UK in March of this year, however, I had a strong sense that the gap had widened: it felt like I was spending way more on my shop in the UK than I normally do in the Netherlands. Granted, I allow myself a little bit more luxury here in the UK than I do in Amsterdam, where I live two minutes from the city’s biggest market and spend hardly anything on driving instead of filling up every week just to be able to see my friends and daughter here in Cornwall.
So, return to my personal basket of shopping I did. Here’s what it looks like – I leave you to draw your own conclusions.
|Product||Albert Heijn online, July 2022||Sainsbury’s online, July 2022||Albert Heijn online, May 2023||Sainsbury’s online, May 2023||Comments (if any)|
|Crisps (Lays*), Thai Chili, 150g||€1.75||£2.00||€2.29||£2.50|
|Cashew nuts, organic, unsalted, 200g||€3.85||£4.20||€4.29||£4.10|
|Pears, conference, four||€2.29||£2.00||€2.79||£2.00|
|Pukka* tea, three mint||€4.75||£3.30||€5.29||£4.00|
|Fresh orange juice, 1 litre||€2.99||£2.90||€3.29||£3.10|
|Always* dailies, panty liners||€2.59||£1.90||€2.99||£1.90|
|Sanex dermo deo||€3.49||£1.50||€3.99||£1.50|
|Coca Cola original taste, 12-pack||€7.79||£6.75||€7.99||£6.25|
|Eggs, organic large, x6||€1.90||£2.05||€2.29||£2.80|
|Lindt Excellent, plain, caramel and sea salt||€2.15||£2.10||€2.89||£2.45|
|Avocados, ready to eat||€2.59||£1.50||€2.79||£1.60|
|Smoked cheese, slices||€1.59||£2.50||€1.99||£3.00||Own brand; Applewood smoked cheddar|
|Bonne Maman, strawberry conserve, 370g||€2.75||£2.80||€3.79||£3.30|
|Pellegrino*, 6×1 litre||€7.40||£6.50||€7.49||£7.00|
|At Wise exchange rates||£44.25||€50.58||£50.66||€55.28|
|*Branded products, as these are easier to compare across countries; same weights or units, unless otherwise observed.|