During the Italian Berry retail monitor survey held in Padua on 21 August 2023, the products on offer were generally of good visual quality, despite the fact that many production batches indicated on the label were 1-2 weeks old before the date of the survey.
The survey covered 20 shops of 20 brands belonging to 14 large retail groups.
The assortments of the shops of the following brands were surveyed: Aldi, Alì, Alìper, Conad City, Conad Superstore, Coop, Eurospar, Eurospin, Famila, iN's, Iper Spar, Iperlando, Lidl, MD, Pam, Prix, Rossetto, Spak, Spazio Conad, Super A&O.
High average prices were found for most of the blueberries on offer. The current promotions are, however, at generally high prices.
Raspberries, often absent from the shelves, are on sale at high prices: the average price for a 125g is Eur 2.69, with peaks of Eur 3.98.
Blackberries are on sale at generally low prices (average below Eur 2.00, with lows below Eur 1.50).
WEEK'S BEST BUYS
Retail survey in Padua carried out on 21/08/23
"BUY WELL": Best Buy per kg (small fruit category)
Blueberries: 500g from Aldi at 8.58 €/kg (4.29 € per pack)
"SPENDING LITTLE": Best Buy per pack (small fruit category)
Redcurrants: 125g from Super A&O at 1.29 €/package
"BUY WELL": Best Buy per kg (per product)
Raspberries: 125g from iN's at 15.12 €/kg (1.89 € per pack)
Blueberries: 500g from Aldi at 8.58 €/kg (4.29 € per package)
Blackberries: 125g from Super A&O at 11.12 €/kg (1.39 € per pack)
Redcurrants: 125g from Super A&O at 10.32 €/kg (1.29 € per pack)
Tris: 150g from Rossetto at 19.87 €/kg (2.98 € per pack)
"SPENDING LITTLE": Best Buy per pack (per product)
Raspberries: 125g from iN's at 1.89 €/pack
Blueberries: 125g from Super A&O at 1,49 €/package
Blackberries: 125g from Super A&O at 1.39 €/pack
Redcurrants: 125g from Super A&O at 1.29 €/pack
Tris: 150g from Lipstick at 2.98 €/pack
In the small fruit category in the shops visited, there were between a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 7 references, with an average of 3.9 references per shop.
In the 20 shops visited where an assortment of small fruit was present:
90% has in assortment Raspberries
100% has blueberries in the assortment
65% has in assortment Blackberries
40% has in assortment Redcurrants
30% has in assortment Tris
5% of the outlets with small fruit in the assortment have only one reference on sale.
35% of the outlets with small fruit in the assortment have 2 or 3 references on sale.
60% of the outlets with small fruit in the assortment have 4 or more references on sale.
The groups with the best quality were Aldi, Alì Supermarkets, Conad, F.lli Lando, Gruppo Vega, Lidl, MD, Prix, Rossetto, Selex.
Raspberries (19 detections): min. € 15,12/kg, max. € 31,84/kg, average € 20,62/kg.
Blueberries (36 detections): min. € 8,58/kg, max. € 19,92/kg, average € 14,33/kg.
Blackberries (13 detections): min. € 11,12/kg, max. € 20/kg, average € 15,98/kg.
Redcurrants (9 detections): min. € 10.32/kg, max. € 35.92/kg, average € 19.83/kg.
Tris (6 detections): min. € 19.87/kg, max. € 21.93/kg, average € 20.48/kg.
Grand total (83 detections): min. € 8.58/kg, max. € 35.92/kg, average € 17.07/kg.
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The survey covers more than 240 points of sale in Italian large-scale retail trade every six months and is carried out by Myfruit GDO - Retail berry monitor.