The differences in prices between the supermarket chains in Belgium are increasing, consumer organisation Test-Aankoop found out. Market leader Colruyt and Dutch Albert Heijn are on top, while Delhaize, Carrefour and Makro see the top two speed away.
In its annual supermarket review, Test-Aankoop declares Colruyt to be Belgium's cheapest - not a coincidence for a chain that calls itself "Colruyt Lowest Prices" and offers a lowest price guarantee. Two trends are noticeable: Colruyt is particularly profitable when it comes to major brands and its prices are even lower if there is an Albert Heijn nearby - Colruyt has a pricing based on which competitors are around. As prices for major brands go, Carrefour (hypermarkets), Cora, Delhaize and Makro offer "average" prices, while Carrefour Market (Groupe Mestdagh) and Intermarché are more expensive. Top of the pricing tree is Match.
In a mixed basket of A-brands and private label, that best mirrors average consumers' behaviour, Colruyt wins the race before... its own pick-up service Collect&Go. Third is Albert Heijn (+ 2 %), while the complete list is in the table below. The differences with the other brands are striking: Carrefour hypermarkets follow with + 12 %, while the trio of Delhaize, Makro and Carrefour Market are 17 % more expensive. This is remarkable, as the trend in the last years was one of decreasing differences.
Two remarks accompany this comparison table: the fact that Jumbo entered the Belgian market too late to be included, and the fact that Aldi and Lidl do not have a full range of A-brand products and are therefore excluded as well.
|Colruyt (near Albert Heijn)||100|
|Collect & Go (near AH PUP)||102|
|Colruyt (not near AH)||105|
|Collect & Go (not near AH PUP)||107|
|Carrefour Market Mestdagh||119|
Test-Aankoop compared the prices of 24,000 products during the first nine months of 2019, in all ranges and all chains. This year the research method was updated, with certain chains giving full transparency while Test-Aankoop actively screened the other chains' online prices. As Spar and Okay do not publish their prices online, they are not added to the table.