Asda, Sainsbury’s and Tesco charge shoppers up to 44% MORE for loose fruit and veg

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Asda, Sainsbury's and Tesco charge shoppers up to 44% MORE for loose fruit and veg



SUPERMARKETS are still charging shoppers up to 44 per cent more for loose fruit and vegetables compared to ones wrapped in plastic, despite promises to crackdown on waste.
We conducted an online price comparison that showed customers are still being penalised for making environmentally friendlier choices at Britain’s biggest supermarkets.
2 Supermarkets are still charging shoppers extra for some fruit and veg in plastic packaging
We looked at the cost of 10 random packaged fresh produce at Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Tesco and compared them to the price of loose ones.
Discounters Lidl and and Aldi were excluded from the comparison because neither store offers a delivery service on groceries.
In cases where supermarkets offer customers a choice of paying per item or per kilogram, we opted for per item to reflect the same number that comes in the plastic packaging.
Our investigation found that just 39 per cent of products are cheaper to buy loose.
2 Supermarkets are still charging more for some loose fruit and veg
Only three loose products turned out to be cheaper at Asda, and only one, a kilogram of onions, had the same price as the packaged version.
Less than half of Tesco’s fruit and veg was cheaper to buy loose, while it was 50/50 at Sainsbury’s.
Meanwhile Morrisons only offers online shoppers the choice to buy peppers loose or packaged – and a pack of three was 5p more expensive to buy free of plastic.
The biggest price difference was found at Tesco, where shoppers are charged 80p more for 600g worth of clementines compared to if they choose to ditch the plastic netting.
Peppers are also cheaper to buy when they’re wrapped in plastic, by up to 36p when you purchase three.
Sainsbury’s recently lowered the price of loose produce in response to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s War on Plastic TV BBC show.
But still, we found that a pack of five lemons were 70p cheaper to buy in the plastic mesh netting, costing 80p compared to loose ones that cost £1.50 for five.
Meanwhile, Asda charges £1.65 for three loose peppers and 99p for ones that are packaged in plastic.
Here’s how to cut the cost of your grocery shopSAVING on your shop can make a big difference to your wallet. Here are some tips from Hannah Maundrell, editor of Money.co.uk, about how you can cut the cost of your shopping bills:

Write yourself a list – Only buy items that you need. If it isn’t on your list, don’t put it in the trolley
Create a budget – Work out a weekly budget for your food shopping
Never shop hungry – you are far more likely to buy  more food if your tummy is rumbling
Don’t buy pre-chopped veggies or fruit – The extra they’ll charge for chopping can be eye watering
Use social media – follow your favourite retailers to find out about the latest deals
Be disloyal – You may want to go to different stores to find the best bargains
Check the small print –  It’s always worth checking the price per kg/lb/litre when comparing offers so you’re making a like for like decision as a bigger box won’t necessarily mean you get more
Use your loyalty cards – Don’t be afraid to sign up to them all. They all work slightly differently – work out what bonus suits you better and remember to trade in your points for additional rewards

It’s worth noting that some items were cheaper to buy loose though.
Shoppers could save up to 54p on five pears by ditching plastic at Sainsbury’s, 30p on bananas at Asda and 25p on 500g of leeks at Tesco.
Some supermarkets are tackling the problem of single-use plastics by installing deposit return schemes for plastic bottles or ditching carrier bags, but they could do more to reflect this in their fruit and veg prices.
The retailers did point out to The Sun that produce in packaging is often different sizes to loose versions and therefore they are not directly comparable.
A spokesperson for the British Retail Consortium, which represents retailers, said: “Packaged fruit and vegetables can sometimes be cheaper because products are bought in bulk and there’s less handling and waste involved.”
A Sainsbury’s spokesman said: “The majority of our loose fruit and vegetables are already cheaper than the comparable packaged product and we will continue to look at where we can make further reductions.”
A spokesperson for Tesco says it removed plastic packing where possible, unless it helps stop food waste when it will look at using recyclable materials.
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They added: “The price of packaged and loose produce can vary depending on a number of factors, such as, the variety, specification, operational, handling and waste costs.”
An Asda spokesperson said: “We’ve removed 6,500 tonnes of plastic packaging in a year, so where we can take plastic off without increasing waste, we will.
“However, removing packaging from some fruit and veg can drastically reduce shelf life and increase food waste, which is why we’re working to find more sustainable alternatives to plastic.”
The Sun has contacted Asda and Morrisons for comment.
MoneySavingExpert ran a similar study last year where it found that shoppers were paying up to 54 per cent more to buy fresh produce plastic-free.
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