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Pricing for Selected Products at Grocery Stores in Davis
Surveyed April 8 & 9, 20134
(Sale prices found at time of survey shown in parentheses)
Bread Target Nugget5 Savemart Safeway6 Grocery Outlet Co-op Trader Joe's Whole Foods
Oroweat, 100% Whole Wheat 3.59 4.99 4.79 3.99 2.99 4.65 - -
(24 oz loaf)
Milton Multigrain - - - - - - 3.49 -
(24 oz loaf)
365 Everyday Value Whole Wheat - - - - - - - 2.99
(22 oz loaf)
Milk (2% milk fat7, non-organic) Target Nugget5 Savemart Safeway6 Grocery Outlet Co-op Trader Joe's Whole Foods
Berkely Farms 4.99 - - - - - - -
(1 gallon)
Crystal - 4.39 - - - - - -
(1 gallon) (3.99)
Sunnyside - - 4.19 - - - - -
(1 gallon)
Lucern - - - 3.99 - - - -
(1 gallon)
Ladylee - - - - 2.89 - - -
(1 gallon)
Clover - - - - - 4.49 - 4.99
(1 gallon)
Trader Joe's - - - - - - 3.19 -
(1 gallon)
Cheese (mild cheddar8) Target Nugget5 Savemart Safeway6 Grocery Outlet Co-op Trader Joe's Whole Foods
Tillamook 10.59 12.99 10.99 10.99 - 9.79 - -
(2 lb loaf) (10.99) (9.99)
Tillamook - - - - 7.99 - - -
(2.5 lb loaf)
Trader Joe's - - - - - - 3.99 -
(1 lb loaf)
Tillamook - - - - - - - 4.99
(0.5 lb loaf)
Eggs Target Nugget5 Savemart Safeway6 Grocery Outlet Co-op Trader Joe's Whole Foods
Market Pantry Large Grade A 1.79 - - - - - - -
(1 dozen)
Olivera Large Grade A - 3.49 - - - - - -
(1 dozen) (2.99)
Sunnyside Large Grade AA - - 2.94 - - - - -
(1 dozen)
Lucern Large Grade A - - - 3.69 - - - -
(1 dozen)
Becky Large Grade AA - - - - 1.69 - - -
(1 dozen)
Clover Large Grade AA - - - - - 2.99 - -
(1 dozen)
Crack A Smile Jumbo Grade A - - - - - - 2.19 -
(1 dozen)
365 Everyday Value Large Grade A - - - - - - - 3.29
(1 dozen)
Butter (unsalted9) Target Nugget5 Savemart Safeway6 Grocery Outlet Co-op Trader Joe's Whole Foods
Land O Lakes 4.14 - 4.99 4.99 - - - -
(1 lb)
Clover - 4.99 - - - 3.75 - 4.19
(1 lb) (3.99)
Tillamook - - - - 2.99 - - -
(1 lb)
Trader Joe's - - - - - - 2.79 -
(1 lb)
Yogurt (non-fat vanilla) Target Nugget5 Savemart Safeway6 Grocery Outlet Co-op Trader Joe's Whole Foods
Mountain High 3.19 3.99 3.69 3.29 - - - -
(32 oz) (3.50)
Dannon - - - - 1.00 - - -
(3 x 6 oz cups10)
Brown Cow - - - - - 3.15 - 3.69
(32 oz) (2.49)
Trader Joe's - - - - - - 2.49 -
(32 oz)
Orange Juice Target Nugget5 Savemart Safeway6 Grocery Outlet Co-op Trader Joe's Whole Foods
Florida's Natural 3.19 4.89 4.29 4.19 - 4.55 - 3.99
(1.8 qt) (3.99) (3.29)
Minute Maid Premium Heartwise - - - - 3.99 - - -
(1.8 qt)
Trader Joe's - - - - - - 1.99 -
(2 qt)
Tri-Tip Steak Target Nugget5 Savemart Safeway6 Grocery Outlet Co-op Trader Joe's Whole Foods
Sutton and Dodge 5.99 - - - - - - -
(1 lb)
Fresh To Market - 8.99 - - - - - -
(1 lb)
Savemart - - 6.99 - - - - -
(1 lb)
Ranchers Reserve - - - 6.99 - - - -
(1 lb) (5.99)
Easy Fresh Cooking - - - - 4.49 - - -
(1 lb)
In-Store Meat Counter - - - - - 14.69 - -
(1 lb)
Trader Joe's Butcher Shop - - - - - - 7.49 -
(1 lb)
In-Store Meat Counter (Flat Cut Brisket11) - - - - - - - 7.99
(1 lb)
Ground Beef12 Target Nugget5 Savemart Safeway6 Grocery Outlet Co-op Trader Joe's Whole Foods
Our Certified (80% lean) 3.99 - - - - - - -
(1 lb)
Nugget (80% lean) - 3.99 - - - - - -
(1 lb)
Savemart (80% lean) - - 2.99 - - - - -
(1 lb)
Safeway (80% lean) - - - 3.99 - - - -
(1 lb) (3.87)
Barlow Trail (80% lean, organic13) - - - - 4.99 - - -
(1 lb)
In-Store Meat Counter (85-90% lean) - - - - - 6.39 - -
(1 lb)
Trader Joe's Butcher Shop (80% lean) - - - - - - 2.69 -
(1 lb)
In-Store Meat Counter (85% lean) - - - - - - - 6.49
(1 lb)
Chicken Breast (boneless/skinless) Target Nugget5 Savemart Safeway6 Grocery Outlet Co-op Trader Joe's Whole Foods
Foster Farms (approx 3 piece) 4.99 - 5.99 6.49 - - - -
(1 lb)
Fresh To Market (approx 3 piece pkg) - 6.29 - - - - - -
(1 lb)
Value Best (approx 6 piece pkg) - - - - 2.90 - - -
(1 lb)
Mary's Free Range organic13 (approx 3 piece pkg) - - - - - 6.59 - -
(1 lb)
Trader Joe's All Natural (approx 3 piece pkg) - - - - - - 5.49 -
(1 lb)
Field to Family organic13 (approx 2 piece pkg) - - - - - - - 9.99
(1 lb)
Apples14 Target Nugget5 Savemart Safeway6 Grocery Outlet Co-op Trader Joe's Whole Foods
Bulk Conventional Fuji 0.79 - - - - - 0.69 -
(Each)
Bulk Conventional Fuji - 1.99 0.79 1.99 - 0.79 - -
(1 lb) (1.69)
Bulk Conventional Fuji - - - - 1.00 - - -
(2 apples)
Bulk organic13 Fuji - - - - - - - 2.99
(1 lb)
Bananas14 Target Nugget5 Savemart Safeway6 Grocery Outlet Co-op Trader Joe's Whole Foods
Bulk Conventional 0.29 - - - - - 0.19 -
(Each)
Bulk Conventional - 0.78 0.67 0.68 - 0.99 - 0.89
(1 lb) (0.68)
Bulk Conventional - - - - 1.00 - - -
(4 banana bunch)
Oranges14 Target Nugget5 Savemart Safeway6 Grocery Outlet Co-op Trader Joe's Whole Foods
Bulk Conventional Navel 0.69 - - - - - 0.69 -
(Each)
Bulk Conventional Navel - 1.99 1.29 0.99 - 0.49 - -
(1 lb) (1.69)
Bagged Conventional Cara Cara - - - - 2.99 - - -
(3 lb bag)
Bulk Conventional Cara Cara - - - - - - - 1.89
(1 lb)
Carrots14 Target Nugget5 Savemart Safeway6 Grocery Outlet Co-op Trader Joe's Whole Foods
Bagged Jolly Green Giant Conventional 1.99 - - - - - - -
(1 lb bag15)
Bulk Conventional - 0.99 0.79 0.99 - 0.59 - -
(1 lb)
Bagged Bolthouse Conventional - - - - 0.99 - - -
(1 lb bag15)
Trader Joe's organic13 - - - - - - 0.79 -
(1 lb bag15)
Bulk organic13 - - - - - - - 0.99
(1 lb)
Broccoli14 Target Nugget5 Savemart Safeway6 Grocery Outlet Co-op Trader Joe's Whole Foods
Bundled Jolly Green Giant Conventional 2.99 - - - - - - -
(1 bundle, appox 4-5 stalks16)
Bulk Conventional Cut Crowns - 1.99 1.99 1.99 - - - -
(1 lb) (1.28) (1.49)
Bundled Bulk Conventional - - - - 1.29 - - -
(1 bundle, approx 2-3 stalks16)
Bundled Bulk Conventional - - - - - 1.69 1.79 -
(1 bundle, approx 3-4 stalks16)
Bulk organic13 Cut Crowns - - - - - - - 3.29
(1 lb)
Potatoes (Russet)14 Target Nugget5 Savemart Safeway6 Grocery Outlet Co-op Trader Joe's Whole Foods
Bulk Conventional 0.79 - - - - - 0.39 -
(Each)
Bulk Conventional - 0.99 0.69 0.99 - 0.59 - -
(1 lb)
Bulk Conventional - - - - 1.00 - - -
(2 potatoes)
Bulk organic13 - - - - - - - 1.69
(1 lb)
Cheerios Target Nugget5 Savemart Safeway6 Grocery Outlet Co-op Trader Joe's Whole Foods
General Mills 2.84 4.49 2.99 4.49 - 5.95 - -
(14 oz) (2.75) (2.99) (2.49)
General Mills Mulitgrain Peanut Butter17 - - - - 2.49 - - -
(11.3 oz)
Joe's O's - - - - - - 1.99 -
(15 oz)
365 Everyday Value Multigrain Morning O's - - - - - - - 2.99
(25 oz)
Corn Flakes Target Nugget5 Savemart Safeway6 Grocery Outlet Co-op Trader Joe's Whole Foods
General Mills 3.29 4.79 4.79 3.99 - 5.39 - -
(18 0z) (3.99)
Malt-O-Meal Frosted Flakes18 - - - - 1.99 - - -
(11.03 oz)
Trader Joe's Toasted Oatmeal Flakes - - - - - - 2.69 -
(12.8 oz)
365 Everyday Value organic13 Corn Flakes - - - - - - - 3.99
(12 oz)
Spaghetti Sauce Target Nugget5 Savemart Safeway6 Grocery Outlet Co-op Trader Joe's Whole Foods
Classico (all styles) 2.54 3.19 3.39 3.19 - 3.99 - -
(24 oz jar) (1.99) (2.49)
Carmagola - - - - 2.99 - - -
(24 oz jar)
Trader Joe's organic13 Tomato Basil Marinara - - - - - - 2.29 -
(25 oz jar)
365 Everyday Value Classic Marinara - - - - - - - 2.29
(25 oz jar)
Spaghetti Pasta Target Nugget5 Savemart Safeway6 Grocery Outlet Co-op Trader Joe's Whole Foods
Barilla 1.54 1.99 1.99 1.79 - - - 2.39
(1 lb box) (1.69) (1.69)
Betty Baker - - - - 3.49 - - -
(4 lb bag19)
De Cello - - - - - 2.69 - -
(1 lb box)
Trader Joe's Italian - - - - - - 0.99 -
(1 lb box)
Rice Target Nugget5 Savemart Safeway6 Grocery Outlet Co-op Trader Joe's Whole Foods
Mahatma Long Grain 2.44 3.25 2.99 3.29 - - - -
(32 oz bag) (2.50) (2.79) 2.94
Golden Star Jasmine - - - - 2.49 - - -
(32 oz bag)
Mahatma Long Grain - - - - - 4.29 - -
(48 oz bag20)
Trader Joe's White Basamati - - - - - - 2.99 -
(32 oz bag)
365 Everyday Value organic13 Long Grain - - - - - - - 3.99
(32 oz bag)
Chips Target Nugget5 Savemart Safeway6 Grocery Outlet Co-op Trader Joe's Whole Foods
Tostitos Original Restaurant Style 3.69 3.99 3.99 4.29 - 3.99 - -
(13 oz) (3.00) (3.00)
Tostitos SCo-ops - - - - 3.99 - - -
(14 oz)
Trader Joe's Salted Torilla Chips - - - - - - 1.99 -
(16 oz)
365 Everyday Value White Corn Restaurant Style - - - - - - 2.99
(16 oz)
Granola Bars Target Nugget5 Savemart Safeway6 Grocery Outlet Co-op Trader Joe's Whole Foods
Quaker Chewy 2.19 3.99 3.99 3.99 1.99 4.29 - -
(8 bar box) (3.49) (2.50)
Trader Joe's Fruit & Nut Trek Mix - - - - - - 2.49 -
(6 bar box)
Cascadian Farms - - - - - - - 4.49
(6 bar box)
Soda21 Target Nugget5 Savemart Safeway6 Grocery Outlet Co-op Trader Joe's Whole Foods
Coke 5.49 6.49 5.99 6.59 - 5.99 - -
(12 pack, cans) (4.99) (5.89)
Coke - - - - 1.99 - - -
(6 pack, cans)
Hansen's Root Beer - - - - - - 2.79 2.79
(6 pack, cans)
Beer22 Target Nugget5 Savemart Safeway6 Grocery Outlet Co-op Trader Joe's Whole Foods
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale 15.99 17.99 16.99 17.99 - 15.79 - -
(12 pack, bottles) (15.99)
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - - - - 7.99 - 7.99 7.99
(6 pack, bottles)
Ice Cream Target Nugget5 Savemart Safeway6 Grocery Outlet Co-op Trader Joe's Whole Foods
Dreyers (all styles) 4.09 5.99 5.99 5.99 - 5.99 - -
(1.5 qt)
Breyers (all styles) - - - - 2.99 - - 4.99
(1.5 qt)
Trader Joe's (chocolate23) - - - - - - 3.99 -
(1 qt)
Toilet Paper24 Target Nugget5 Savemart Safeway6 Grocery Outlet Co-op Trader Joe's Whole Foods
Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong 7.69 9.99 8.98 9.49 - - - -
(12 rolls) (6.98) (7.49)
Quilted Northern Ultra Plush - - - - 6.99 - - -
(12 rolls)
Seventh Generation - - - - - 10.25 - 9.99
(12 rolls) (6.99)
Trader Joe's Super Soft Bath Tissue - - - - - - 3.99 -
(6 rolls)
Paper Towels25 Target Nugget5 Savemart Safeway6 Grocery Outlet Co-op Trader Joe's Whole Foods
Bounty 9.99 - 11.49 10.99 - - - -
(6 rolls) (9.99) (8.99)
Bounty Basic - 8.99 - - - - - -
(6 rolls)
Earth First - - - - 5.99 - - -
(6 rolls)
Seventh Generation - - - - - 12.55 - -
(6 rolls)
Trader Joe's - - - - - - 3.99 -
(3 rolls)
Green Mission - - - - - - - 3.99
(3 rolls)
Tooth Paste Target Nugget5 Savemart Safeway6 Grocery Outlet Co-op Trader Joe's Whole Foods
Colgate Total Whitening 2.99 4.69 3.69 4.99 - - - -
(6 oz) (3.69) (3.49)
Colgate Total Optic White - - - - 3.79 - - -
(5.5 oz)
Ultrabright - - - - - 2.55 - -
(6 oz)
Trader Joe's - - - - - - 2.29 -
(6 oz)
Natures Gate Whitening - - - - - - - 4.99
(5 oz)
Bar Soap Target Nugget5 Savemart Safeway6 Grocery Outlet Co-op Trader Joe's Whole Foods
Irish Spring 3.49 6.59 - - - - - -
(6 bars) (3.14) (5.99)
Irish Spring - - 5.99 5.99 3.99 - - -
(8 bars) (3.99)
Safeguard - - - - - 3.85 - -
(4 bars)
Trader Joe's Oatmeal & Honey26 - - - - - - 1.69 -
(2 bars)
Verve - - - - - - - 3.99
(3 bars)
Acetaminephen27 Target Nugget5 Savemart Safeway6 Grocery Outlet Co-op Trader Joe's Whole Foods
Tylenol Regular Strength 6.72 9.99 - 9.49 - - - -
(100 ct, 325 mg) (8.69)
Tylenol Extra Strength - - 11.49 - - - - -
(100 ct, 500 mg)
Health A2Z Pain Relief - - - - 1.99 - - -
(100 ct, 500 mg)
Western Family - - - - - 4.59 - -
(100 ct, 500 mg)

Notes
1. While a diligent effort was made to select products that were reasonably comparable between stores, some differences in product make it impossible to provide an exact comparison. Users are encouraged to evaluate different products critically and make decisions for themselves.
2. The author acknowledges that pricing is just one of many factors that affect consumer decisions and is not advocating any particular store over another. In addition to price, users should consider atmosphere, ethics, service, location, or any other qualities they care about when choosing what store to buy groceries at, not just one guy's price list on the Internet.
3. A concerted amount of QA/QC was performed as part of this data compilation, but is by no means guaranteed to be 100% accurate. Users who are sticklers for the complete accuracy should volunteer their own time to get their own perfect price list.
4. Data was collected on April 8 & 9 of 2013. The prices shown here, particularly sale prices, can change at any time and are should not be considered absolute.
5. The data provided for Nugget Market was collected from their Covell Blvd. location. It is assumed that the prices between the Covell and Mace locations are similar enough if not the same.
6. The data provided for Safeway was collected from their West Covell Blvd. location. It is assumed that the prices between the West Covell and Poleline locations are similar if not the same.
7. In many cases, prices were identical for all the different grades of milk fat sold under a single brand in a single store. A few stores priced their milk fat grades differently, in which case 2% milk fat was always selected.
8. In many cases, prices were identical for all the different types of cheese from a single brand in one store. A few stores priced different cheese types differently, in which case Mild Cheddar was always selected.
9. Most stores priced salted and unsalted butter identically. The only store that showed any difference was the Co-op, in which case the price for unsalted was selected
10. Grocery Outlet did not carry yogurt in a suitably comparable size (~32 oz). 3x6 oz cups were included in the dataset only as reference.
11. Whole Foods did not carry tri-tip steak at the time this survey was conducted. Pricing for Flat Cut Brisket was included instead for reference
12. During data collection, prices for the leanest ground beef available were always selected.
13. Prices for non-organic foods were always selected first. If an organic variety was the only option offered at the time of the survey, the price for the organic item was recorded. Organic products are always noted in the descriptions. If the product is not described as organic, non-organic should be assumed.
14. Users should note the units for which stores price produce. Some stores price by weight, others by individual items.
15. Target, Grocery Outlet and Trader Joe's all carry bags of carrots, and do not offer individual carrots.
16. Target, Grocery Outlet, Co-op and Trader Joe's all carry bundled broccoli, and do not offer individual stalks or crowns.
17. Muiltgrain Peanut Butter Cheerios are admittedly not regular Cheerios, but was the closest thing found at the time of the survey.
18. Frosted Flakes are not wholly equivalent to Corn Flakes but was the closest thing found at the time of the survey.
19. Grocery Outlet only carried 4 lb bags of spaghetti. 1 lb bags were not available.
20. Grocery Outlet only carried 48 oz bags of rice. 32 oz bags were not available.
21. Prices were always selected for 12 packs of soda, unless only 6 packs were available, in which case the 6 pack price was selected.
22. Prices were always selected for 12 packs of beer, unless only 6 packs were available, in which case the 6 pack price was selected.
23. Trader Joe's was the only store to price different flavors of ice cream differently for single brands. Chocolate was selected somewhat subjectively for more or less having a median price.
24. Prices were always selected for 12 roll toilet paper packs, unless only 6 roll packs were available, in which case the 6 pack price was selected.
25. Prices were always selected for 6 roll paper towel packs, unless only 3 roll packs were available, in which case the 3 pack price was selected.
26. The Trader Joe's 2 pack Oatmeal & Honey soap is admittedly not a great comparison, but was included for reference. Of the limited amount of soap options available at Trader Joe's, this one was the closest.
27. Both Trader Joe's and Whole Foods do not carry acetominephen. Both carry some alternative medicines, although Trader Joe's did not carry an alternative pain reliever.
28. Aside from the comment section, the content included on this page is not provided under Creative Commons licence. The author retains the rights to this data and does not authorize modification or reuse of this data in any form, (including publication to the Davis Enterprise or Davis Patch, etc), without permission. Wiki editors seeking an open-source dataset can easily collect a similar dataset with a little effort, and are encouraged to do so if so motivated, (sorry guys, just want to protect my work).

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2013-04-12 10:07:04   Perhaps on 4/8 or 9 the Co-op didn't offer individual stalks or crowns, but both were available last night (and stalks have usually been available for the past 30 years). —DougWalter

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