We compared prices of items in Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury's to see who came out on top

-Credit: (Image: Getty Images)
-Credit: (Image: Getty Images)

Over the past few years there has been large increases to prices in the shops due to high inflation, with some items mor than doubling in price.

Olive Oil is the product that has seen the largest increases in the past few years and is now 113% more expeensive than it was five years ago.

This is followed by baked beans, mineral water and granulated white sugar which have all risen by between 66 and 70% from March 2019 and March 2024.

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Certain dairy products have also seen a sharp increase in price, with semi-skimmed milk being 47% more expensive than it was five years ago, and fruit and vegetables seeing increases between 20 and 41%.

This has been revealed by saving experts at BravoVoucher who analysed data from the Office for National Statistics on food prices.

Marco Farnararo CEO and Co-Founder of BravoVoucher has commented: “This research underscores the financial pressures facing consumers, as food prices outpace general inflation rates. The substantial increases in essential items and pantry staples highlight the challenges in maintaining a balanced and affordable diet in 2024.

“Despite the legal minimum wage increasing by 9.8% this year, the highest boost since 2001, many people still aren’t earning enough when taking into account the rising food prices, as well as other factors such as energy prices and rent or mortgage payments, causing many people in the UK to struggle financially.

“While food prices are continually rising, there are steps shoppers can take to help cut costs. For example, taking advantage of store offers or vouchers can help cut prices, however, don’t be tempted to purchase unnecessary items just because they are on offer. It is also important to keep track of what you already have before going shopping to prevent unnecessary extra spending.”

Belfast Live looked at the price of some everyday essentials in Sainsbury's, Tesco and Asda to se how they compare today.



Own Brand Olive oil 1L: £7.80

Heinz Baked Beans 4x415g: £3.75

Sainsbury's Rich Tea Biscuits 200g: 45p

Sainsbury's Fairtrade White Granulated Sugar 1kg: £1.20

Sainsbury's Northern Irish Semi-skimmed Milk 2L: £1.55

Sainsbury's British Butter, Unsalted 250g: £1.69

Sainsbury's Soft Medium Sliced White Bread 800g: 74p

Sainsbury's Red Label Tea Bags x80 250g: £1.20

Sainsbury's Gold Roast Instant Coffee 200g: £2.29

Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Bar 180g: £2

Tayto Cheese & Onion Crisps 6x25g: £1.95

Sainsbury's British Maris Piper Potatoes 2kg: £1.90

Sainsbury's Penne Pasta 1kg: £1.38

Sainsbury's Carrots 1kg: 65p

Sainsbury's Classic Round Tomatoes x6: 95p

Sainsbury's Super Softer Classic Toilet Tissue x9 Rolls: £4



Tesco Olive Oil 1L: £7.80

Heinz Baked Beans In Tomato Sauce 4X415g: £3.75

Tesco Rich Tea Biscuit 300G: 65p

Granulated Sugar 1Kg: £1.09

Tesco NI Semi Skimmed Milk 2 Litre: £1.55

Tesco NI Unsalted Butter 250G: £1.75

Tesco White Medium Bread 800G: 74p

Tesco Gold Blend 80 Teabags 250G: £2.07

Tesco Gold Instant Coffee 200G: £2.29

Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Bar 180g: £2

Tayto Cheese & Onion Crisps 6X25g: £1.85

Tesco Maris Piper Potatoes 2kg: £1.79

Tesco Penne Pasta Quills 1Kg: £1.29

Tesco Carrots 800G: 52p

Tesco Classic Round Tomatoes 6 Pack: 95p

Tesco Luxury Soft White Toilet Tissue 6 Long Rolls: £3.15


A green basket with an Asda logo
Asda shopper -Credit:Jason Alden/Bloomberg via Getty Images

ASDA Olive Oil 1L: £7.80

Heinz Baked Beans In Tomato Sauce 4X415g: £3.75

ASDA Rich Tea Biscuits 300g: 55p

Silver Spoon Granulated Sugar: £1.38

ASDA Irish Semi Skimmed Milk 2L: £1.55

ASDA British Unsalted Butter 250g: £1.69

The BAKERY at ASDA Soft White Medium Sliced Bread 800G: 74p

ASDA Gold Tea Bags 80bags: £1.39

ASDA Gold Roast Instant Coffee 200g: £2.50

Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Bar 180g: £2

Tayto Cheese & Onion Crisps 6X25g: £1.95

Glens of Antrim Maris Piper Potatoes: £2.60

ASDA Penne 1KG: £1.29

ASDA Crunchy & Sweet Carrots 1KG: 70p

ASDA Crunchy & Fragrant Vine Ripened Tomatoes: £1.25

ASDA Shades So Soft Toilet Tissue 6 Rolls: £4.95

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