Liveline was hopping this week as angry farmers decried below-cost selling of fruit and veg in Aldi and Lidl. Between now and Christmas, Aldi is selling a 1kg bag of carrots, a 1.5kg bag of potatoes, and a 500g bag of sprouts for six cent each. Meanwhile, Lidl will sell a one-kilo bag of potatoes, onions, and carrots and 500g bags of sprouts and turnips for five cent each. So, pretty much, free.
It’s hard not to feel some sympathy for farmers, who say that they are taking the hit. The supermarkets, on the other hand, say that they, not farmers, are taking the hit. The Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, is likely to introduce legislation to protect vegetable growers. In the middle of all, the consumer: who can blame them for bringing the Christmas bill down a bit?
There’s a lot of other decent offers and good value in both Aldi and Lidl. Christmas is a time of cheese, and I’m a big fan of Aldi’s Specially Selected cheeses: Tipperary Blue, Camembert, and Oakwood Smoked Cheddar are all €2.99 each; they go well with the Specially Selected Cracker selection (€1.29). Smoked salmon, a Christmas favourite, is €2.99 at Aldi.
And, in both places, you’ll be hard pressed to find better wine deals in both Lidl and Aldi, which we’ve written about before.
What do you make of the ongoing price wars? Where will you do your Christmas shopping this year?