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Comparison of supermarkets in Poland. Which one is the cheapest?


wylaw 9 | 15
26 Feb 2012 #1
Hi,

I'm just wondering which of the dozens supermarket might actually be the cheapest?

Maybe Biedronka for certain products whilst it's definitely not for all of them?! Pumpkin seeds for example are definitely cheaper in Carrefour.

Well, what I haven't seen yet are organic products in conventional supermarkets. Do they exist or do I have to go to a special organic shop for them?

Cheers!
Alligator - | 261
26 Feb 2012 #2
Biedronka and Lidl are cheapest now, but that can change. In some newspapers (especially on local level) you can find weekly comparison of prices in different supermarkets (not all products - mostly sugar, bread, etc.). Moreover supermarkets will soon stuff your mailbox with their promotion papers and you will be able to compare and hunt for special ocassions ;)

You can find organic products in supermarkets but not many. If you are looking for variety you need to find organic shop in your city.
pip 10 | 1,659
26 Feb 2012 #3
I don't shop at Biedronka or Lidl because they don't have the selection and I find their products are inferior. So far the cheapest I have found in Warsaw is Auchan- but I hate going there- it is always a clusterf*ck of people who don't know how to push a shopping cart and feel as thought the fruits/veg and bread sections are part of an all you can eat buffet.

Tesco is pretty cheap. They have a good selection and offer many items from the U.K. that other supermarkets don't have.

In Poland the majority of native fruits veg and meats are organic by the nature of their rearing. There is no gmo here so you can be sure that these products are safe. I would rather eat Polish meats over something that is organic but comes from a different country.

There are loads of organic shops popping up but you will find many of these products come from Germany or other E.U. countries
JonnyM 11 | 2,620
26 Feb 2012 #4
Try Leclerc off Jerozolimskie. A great selection and never crowded.
pip 10 | 1,659
27 Feb 2012 #5
Leclerc is one of the more expensive shops.
PeterWeg03
27 Feb 2012 #6
In Poland the majority of native fruits veg and meats are organic by the nature of their rearing.

According to a farmer a know, thats bollocks,
Alligator - | 261
27 Feb 2012 #7
In Poland the majority of native fruits veg and meats are organic by the nature of their rearing.

According to a farmer I know, thats true.
Wedle 16 | 496
27 Feb 2012 #8
In Poland the majority of native fruits veg and meats are organic by the nature of their rearing

I believe you mean 'natural' Pip - meaning they are traditionally produced, they are NOT organic as organic carries a 30-40% premium across the board.

There are loads of organic shops popping up but you will find many of these products come from Germany or other E.U. countries

There are also Polish organic products, yet the quality is somewhat suspect.

In respect of meats here, it does not take a rocket scientist to work out why the Poles have gotten so much taller over the last 25 years, when their favorite meat is chicken...

According to a farmer a know, thats bollocks,

When food smells and tastes like food should, then it is quite easy to make the mistake between ' Organic ' and ' Natural '. My Polish in-laws have quite a large sized farm. When we visit we take home fruit and vedge with us, it is not organic as it is not certified organic, yet they do not use chemical fertilizer on the land everything is done in the traditional/natural way. It taste great and smells fantastic.

If you go to Hala Mirowski and asks most of the resellers of fruit and vedge if their products are ' Organic' they will tell you 'yes' ask them for the certification and they will look at you like you have two heads.
Varsovian 92 | 634
27 Feb 2012 #9
The farmers I know (am related to) have two sections to their farm. They don't use chemicals on produce they are going to eat themselves.
JonnyM 11 | 2,620
27 Feb 2012 #10
I know one farmer down by Garwolin who sells all his produce for export and buys the stuff he eats himself from the supermarket. Something to do with soil contamination.

In respect of meats here, it does not take a rocket scientist to work out why the Poles have gotten so much taller over the last 25 years, when their favorite meat is chicken...

I don't eat chicken at all, for 3 reasons. One is the hormones and antibiotics they are fed with, another is that when I was working in Africa last year I ate chicken that tasted like chicken used to (i.e. tasted of something) and it was totally different to the rubbish we get in the developed world, but the main reason is the appallingly cruel way the birds are treated during their short lives.
teflcat 5 | 1,032
27 Feb 2012 #11
There is no gmo here so you can be sure that these products are safe

youtube.com/watch?v=cz1_knWUpVk
Pig Business.

Something to do with soil contamination

The tax on our bit of agricultural-class land has recently almost doubled (as we're not farmers) so we decided that this year we'd do something with it and asked our Soltys to get his son to plough it. He had a look and said that as the land has been fallow for years, if not decades, it would have to be sprayed with Roundup first. There's no way we're going to do that, for several reasons. Instead we hope to find a slightly greener farmer to help.

Well, what I haven't seen yet are organic products in conventional supermarkets. Do they exist or do I have to go to a special organic shop for them?

You can't have organic food and cheap food. If you can get to a small market town, you could buy veg from old ladies who sit around selling stuff from their own gardens.
Wedle 16 | 496
27 Feb 2012 #12
Well, what I haven't seen yet are organic products in conventional supermarkets. Do they exist or do I have to go to a special organic shop for them?

You will find organic products in some supermarkets. Carrefor or Piotr & Pawel for example. The meats in this places are also fair

krakowskikredens.pl/index_en.php
OP wylaw 9 | 15
27 Feb 2012 #13
I have to thank all of you for your replies.

So to sum up it's Biedronka, Lidl, Auchan and Tesco that tend to be the cheapest.

As for the organic products in those supermarkets. Do they have the official EU certificate label?

And to add something to the natural but not officially organic discussion.

I can imagine that the Polish agriculture is not that pressured to a few big enterprises with extensive usage of chemical substances such as in countries like Germany or Spain.

However, when it for example comes to meat that is sold in Biedronka. Can I assume that those animals were not hold under species-appropriate conditions to ensure those low prices?
Jimmu 2 | 157
28 Feb 2012 #14
Of course not. Don't be silly.
JonnyM 11 | 2,620
28 Feb 2012 #15
However, when it for example comes to meat that is sold in Biedronka. Can I assume that those animals were not hold under species-appropriate conditions to ensure those low prices?

When the UK recently banned a certain type of pig unit due to extreme cruelty, all the equipment was sold to Polish farmers.
peterweg 37 | 2,320
28 Feb 2012 #16
According to a farmer I know, thats true.

Last year I tried growing vegetables and herbs on my farm in a section left completely chemically untreated. What I got was 1.5 meter high weeds and millions of insects. Most of the vegetables and herbs were swamped out. The moles had a go as well.

Growing without chemicals is not easy.

all the equipment was sold to Polish farmers.

Got evidence for that sweeping statement?
Ironside 51 | 11,338
28 Feb 2012 #17
So to sum up it's Biedronka, Lidl, Auchan and Tesco that tend to be the cheapest.

No wonder hence they hardly pay any taxes !
Deks - | 2
4 Apr 2012 #18
I think that the cheapest is auchan. We always do there a big shopping !
InWroclaw 89 | 1,914
4 Apr 2012 #19
Depends what you buy - you will find each supermarket is cheap for something, none of them are cheap for everything on my list.

Just a few examples for March (prices may now have changed) :

quality coffee - cheapest at Tesco
soya milk - cheapest at Biedronka
digestive biscuits - cheapest at Auchan
vegetarian (animal fat free) croquettes - cheapest at Carrefour
from concentrate grapefruit juice - cheapest at Lidl

These were not special offers, but usual prices, which of course do tend to go up from time to time anyway.

Of course, few of us have the time to go everywhere and shop around like this!
Stacey25 - | 3
4 Apr 2012 #20
i think carrefour, always buy there
OP wylaw 9 | 15
4 Apr 2012 #21
Thanks for your updates on this.

A price comparison page for food might be useful...

I'll come back to you guys soon.
MancPol2012
4 Apr 2012 #22
I did some shopping at Carrefour yesterday, but the MarcPol across the road is even cheaper for quite a few of my regular items. I'm just around the corner from Hala Mirowska, which is even cheaper than supermarkets.
InWroclaw 89 | 1,914
4 Apr 2012 #23
Thanks for your updates on this.

A price comparison page for food might be useful...

I'll come back to you guys soon.

Is there not a version of mysupermarket.co.uk in Poland?

Problem is, to get the best prices on everything you buy, you have to travel, spend time and fuel if driving. Most people can't. In the UK, all the main supermarkets deliver although they charge extra for that, usually. Online, you select your groceries and choose a delivery slot. Delivery is from GBP3 to GBP10, from what I recall.
pawian 190 | 19,211
4 Apr 2012 #24
Which one is the cheapest?

The cheapest supermarkets in Poland:

1. Auchan.
2. Tesco.
3. Carrefour

Among the cheapest hypermarket chains in Poland was Auchan who in recent years has won the title of the cheapest store in Poland. Another took place in the ranking respectively, Tesco and Carrefour . The most expensive was the Real hypermarket. It is worth noting the relatively small difference between the highest and Shopping Network cheapest - this year it is only 24.80 zł . According to experts, this may mean that the networks in Poland very carefully monitor each other's prices in order not to allow the outflow of customers to competing stores.

In the category of most affordable and customer friendly store for the second time in a row the highest marks met the British Tesco . As for the speed of service , fresh quality products , the order on the shelves and the overall cleanliness of the store network clearly ahead of the British competition. Two more places were occupied in the ranking Auchan and Carrefour . Interviewers also noted that at the present time taking care of the environment and ecology fashion free plastic bags uświadczy not in hypermarkets Carrefour , E. Leclerc and Kaufland .

scottie1113 7 | 898
5 Apr 2012 #25
Problem is, to get the best prices on everything you buy, you have to travel, spend time and fuel if driving.

I walk to my local markets. Any savings you might realize from driving someplace is negated by what you spend on gas.
InWroclaw 89 | 1,914
5 Apr 2012 #26
I do too, despite the fact I hardly speak a word of Polish I still manage to buy at the market stalls, all very honest even when I get confused with the money (I have in the past confused a 10 for a 100 and handed it over thinking it was a 10 !!). Whenever I can I prefer to buy the fresh produce there, eggs etc. Even when I was in my large town in the UK, my neighbour used to give me free eggs from her hens - supermarket eggs are rarely on my list.

But you do have to shop around at the supermarkets here, just as in Britain, for example a bag of frozen same brand of bób (broad beans) are 7.99 in one well-known supermarket here in Poland but 6.49 at Auchan. If you use ingredients a lot, such savings are important over a year
Designcritic
26 Oct 2012 #27
I am looking for a Polish supermarkets or food retailer who also ship to other EU countries. I mean I moved to Estonia recently and this country has the highest inflation rate in Eurozone and everything got so much more expensive otherwise the quality decreased. It makes more sense, even having to pay shipping, to purchase from Poland anything that will not require refrigeration from potatoes and onions to processed food, cereals, bread or snacks. Any web links would be helpful. Thanks folks!
pawian 190 | 19,211
5 Aug 2022 #28
The cheapest supermarkets in Poland:

1. Auchan.
2. Tesco.
3. Carrefour

After 10 years, Auchan remained the cheapest. Tesco ceased to operate in Poland and Carrefour is medium cheap, close to Biedronka.
PolAmKrakow 2 | 2,535
5 Aug 2022 #29
@pawian
Bierdronka much less expensive than Carrefour in Krakow.
pawian 190 | 19,211
5 Aug 2022 #30
Bierdronka much less expensive than Carrefour

That is probably a subjective feeling coz the ranking is merciless:

spidersweb.pl/bizblog/ranking-najtanszych-sklepow-w-polsce/
Biedronka cheaper than Carrefour only by 3 zlotys for the same groceries





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