Lidl has beaten budget rival Aldi to be crowned the UK’s cheapest supermarket of 2020 in the annual survey by consumer choice group Which?
But it was a close call, as price difference between the two supermarket giants was just 34p.
As part of its annual research, Which? tracked 45 own-label and branded products in eight major supermarkets for at least 100 days and calculated the average price of each item over the year, as well as the total average cost of all the items.
Lidl came in at £42.67, with Aldi following behind at £43.01.
The 2020 list is actually the first time that Lidl has been included in the Which? survey, which now includes own-label products as well as household-name brands.
The two supermarkets have boomed in popularity in recent years – with Lidl now operating upwards of 800 UK stores and Aldi around 900 – and both chains are continuing to chip away at the market share of other established rivals.
ASDA came third in the survey, but by a margin of over £5 – at £48.71.
Tesco was next on the list at £53.30, then Morrisons at £53.61, and Sainsbury’s rounded out the rest of the major chains at £56.38, with the most expensive options revealed to be Waitrose (£68.69) and its affiliated delivery service Ocado (£66.83).
There were big differences in the price of some items at the cheapest and dearest supermarkets.
Experts helped Which? compare own-label items to make sure they were as similar as possible in terms of factors such as quality.
For example, Which? found that Waitrose’s own-label cooked and peeled prawns were £4.60 on average, when the equivalent was £1.99 at Lidl, and six own-label free-range eggs at Waitrose were £2.47 on average, with the equivalent £1.27 at Lidl.
One significant advantage also identified by Which? that the established supermarket brands benefited from this year is home delivery – something that has seen a large spike in demand during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic – and retailers that already operated online were generally able to scale up their deliveries rapidly, with most doubling their capacity in just a few months.
Tesco was noted to have more than doubled delivery capacity during spring 2020, to 1.4 million slots a week.
While Lidl and Aldi both do not have dedicated in-house delivery services in the UK, Aldi is however sending food parcels out to vulnerable people during the crisis.
I’m A Celebrity line-up announced for brand new all-star series in South Africa
The all-star line-up for I’m A Celebrity… South Africa has been announced, with some massive Manchester celebs taking part.
The brand new show is due to air in April and will see some of the series’ most memorable campmates heading to a new setting in South Africa.
And that’s just part of the first wave of celebrity contestants – more famous faces will take part in I’m A Celebrity… South Africa, entering the camp as the series goes on.
The new series will ‘push them to their limits and test them like never before’, ITV has said, promising bigger and tougher challenges and an even harsher environment.
Also taking part from the launch episode will be Diversity star Jordan Banjo, TV presenter Carol Vorderman, Olympian Fatima Whitbread, former royal butler Paul Burrell, ex-England cricketer Phil Tufnell, and supermodel Janice Dickinson.
ITV said: “Whilst nodding back to the Australian jungle, I’m A Celebrity…South Africa is a uniquely different series so viewers can look forward to lots of unexpected twists and turns.”
The trailer also shows the celebs taking part in pre-recorded challenges, taking on everything from nasty food to terrifying heights.
I’m A Celebrity… South Africa will air on ITV1 and ITVX from April 2023.
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Commentator Arlo White shows off what the Old Trafford gantry walk looks like
Ever wondered what it’s like to be up in the gantry in a football stadium, say, Old Trafford? Well, we certainly have.
You see the odd shot of the commentators sat there on the telly from time to time but it never really gives much away either and, at some venues, it’s quite a ways up there. There’s a little bit of allure behind these mysterious parts of footy grounds that most fans will never get to see.
After hours of mindless scrolling on the social media app, we stumbled across the well-known sports commentator‘s channel where he’s been showing off what it’s like to go in the gantry and one of them is his long walk to crow’s nest up at the Theatre of Dreams.
As it turns out, Arlo’s been doing these videos for a couple of years now, revealing how the gantry looks not only at Old Trafford but other big Premier League grounds too, such as down the road at the Etihad, Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, Tottenham Hotspurs’ sparkly new ground and many more.
Another reason we found ourselves stuck on his TikTok for so long was also because of the other behind-the-scenes details he reveals too, even shedding light on how he prepares for games: note-taking, data sheets, how keeps himself warm up there during those cold nights on comms and so on.