Tesco charges up to 201% more for veg in Dublin, new survey finds
Tesco Ireland defends higher prices here, stating that labour costs, energy costs and government levies all cost more in Ireland
28 July 2014
Dublin is one of the most expensive cities for grocery shopping, according to new survey conducted by The Guardian.
While the survey covered seven international cities in total, in Dublin and London, Tesco prices were used to conduct the research. Some items showed a large difference in price. For example, shoppers buying eggs in Dublin had to cough up 44% more than consumers in London.
Onions were found to be 51% more expensive in Dublin, while broccoli was a huge 201% more expensive.
The study asked shoppers to buy 43 different regular shopping list items, which included a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, milk, bread, rice, meat and alcohol.
A spokesperson for Tesco Ireland said that labour costs and Irish government levies contributed to higher costs here. “In Ireland, labour costs, energy costs and government levies on certain products such as wine, are higher. And this will obviously be a factor in overall consumer prices for Tesco and other retailers,” the spokesperson said.
Out of the seven countries surveyed in total, Ireland came in third place between the cheapest and most expensive countries. Berlin was listed as the most inexpensive, followed by London. After Ireland, Paris and Sydney accounted for the top five. New York and Toronto came in the two bottom places as the most expensive for groceries.
Ireland was judged to offer good value on potatoes, sweetcorn and frozen peas. Irish minced beef was found to be more than 50% cheaper than the same amount in Toronto.