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Supers offer more fruit & veg deals – but savings shrink

The Grocer

The mults helped Brits stay healthy with more deals on fruit & veg this January, but savings took a dive compared with last year.

There were 309 featured space promotions on fruit and 225 on vegetables in the major supermarkets last month, up 4% on last year [Promo Dynamic Retailers 4 w/e 27 January 2018].

Asda has doubled the number of deals on fruit & veg in store compared with January 2017, while Waitrose has increased the number of featured space promotions on fruit by 42.9%.

However, average savings on fruit & veg were down by 4% and 2.8% respectively across the mults compared with January 2017. “Produce promotions have increased across all retailers, except Sainsbury’s, but sadly the percentage savings are way down on the same period last year,” says Assosia director Kay Staniland.

Sainsbury’s has slashed average savings on fresh produce the most – from 31.1% in January 2017 to just 22% last month. “Only Asda has a lower percentage saving, of 19%,” says Staniland.

Waitrose is offering the best savings on fresh produce (36.2%), followed by the Co-op (33.6%) and Tesco (30.7%).

Despite the uplift in featured space promotions on fruit & veg compared with last year, fresh produce still accounts for less than 10% of total promotional activity in most major supermarkets, with the exception of the Co-op, where it accounts for 10.8% of activity.

“The impulse and alcohol categories still remain the most readily available products in featured space locations, but the last month sees health & beauty recording the highest overall savings,” says Staniland. “At this time of year that is to be expected, with retailers heavily promoting remaining stock of gift sets and seasonal lines, whilst preparing to make way for the Easter goodies.”

Number of offers25347952148226823591456
Number last month22048312073222124091264
% change m-o-m14.97%-4.33%3.62%2.12%-2.08%15.19%
Number last year25247962152240723481458
% change on last year0.40%-0.13%-0.19%-5.77%0.47%-0.14%
Average start price (£) per UNIT£3.31£3.92£4.34£5.85£5.05£5.68
Typical Average TOTAL £ saving£1.26£1.43£1.62£1.37£1.62£1.97
Typical Average TOTAL % saving27.2%33.6%33.0%25.4%31.9%37.2%
Average % saving last month27.1%34.3%30.7%25.4%31.2%33.1%
% savings change m-o-m0.32%-2.14%7.45%-0.32%2.27%12.65%
Average % saving last year26.7%35.5%35.3%28.3%31.8%38.4%
% savings change on last year1.64%-5.24%-6.59%-10.54%0.31%-2.89%
Current Brand:own-label ratio91:0976:2489:1178:2283:1790:10
Ratio 1 year ago90:1076:2489:1185:1585:1590:10
Average % saving (branded)28.2%34.4%34.0%26.4%32.5%37.5%
Average % saving (o/l)18.6%31.0%24.7%19.8%28.1%35.2%

Published in The Grocer, 01 Feb 2019