'Big shop' at Aldi and Lidl is Â£15 cheaper than big four supermarkets, figures show
A grocery "big shop" at the discounters is almost Â£15 cheaper than at the Big Four supermarkets and Â£20 less than at Waitrose and Marks & Spencer, retail figures show.
The average cost of grocery trips for at least 20 items ranges from £31.28 in bargain stores such as Poundland, B&M and Home Bargains to £58.85 in Waitrose, according to data from analysts Nielsen.
The average spend on the big shop at discounters Aldi and Lidl is £38.76, compared with £53.16 across the big four - Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons - and £58.52 across Waitrose and M&S.
Nielsen's UK head of retailer and business insight, Mike Watkins, said: "In simple terms, a big shop at the discounters is nearly £15 cheaper than one at the Big Four and £20 cheaper than at Waitrose and M&S."
The figures, based on Nielsen's Homescan data, which measures purchasing by 15,000 British households, show that shoppers are making more frequent, smaller grocery trips alongside the big shop.
Small purchases - baskets of fewer than six items - account for 53% of grocery trips, while medium trips for six to 20 items make up 34%.
Consumers make 5% more grocery trips than they did two years ago, resulting in the average amount spent on the big shop dropping 5% to £50.58.
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Mr Watkins said: "The move to 'little and often' is a symptom of busier and more time-pressured lifestyles as well as financial concerns of wasting food.
"Thus, supermarkets have made huge investments in the convenience store format to meet this demand and offer a greater variety of food and drink. Their historical role for purely immediate or 'distress' purchasing is long gone."
Aldi and Lidl's share of big shop trips is now 13%, and Nielsen predicts that this will more than double within five years if their current growth continues.
A Sainsbury's spokeswoman said: "We don't believe the methodology used offers a true comparison and can reassure our customers we always aim to deliver the best quality and value."
Mr Watkins added: "In simple terms, when people do a big shop at the discounters they spend £15 less than they do at one at the big four, as the shopping basket from a discounter contains a different range of products with more private label."