The cheapest supermarkets in Spain in 2023

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The cheapest supermarkets in Spain in 2023
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With food prices rising and Spanish supermarkets putting up their prices, Spain's top consumer watchdog has put together a report on the cheapest supermarket chains in Spain and where to find them in your province.


It doesn't take an economist to understand the effects of inflation in Spain. If you live here, a simple look in your shopping basket over the last couple of years tells you all you need to know.

Whether it be olive oil reaching €10 per litre or the cost of basic foodstuffs like bread, butter and cheese going up, food prices have skyrocketed in Spain since the Covid-19 pandemic and Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

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In fact, taking a look at the statistics reveals some pretty eye-watering data for consumers: from 2021 to 2022 prices rose by 15.4 percent, and then from 2022 to 2023 by a further 14.1 percent.

In this era of high inflation putting pressure on Spanish consumers, many have started to skip on luxuries. But with prices rising so much, making savings where you can (often on things that were once staples but have now become luxury items) has become paramount for many people.

Fortunately, Spain's consumer watchdog, the Organisation of Consumers and Users (OCU), has released an in-depth report on the cheapest supermarket chains in Spain, and even looked into the provincial differences so you can find the cheapest chain in your area.


The cheapest supermarket chains in Spain

"All supermarket chains without exception have raised prices between 2022 and 2023," Enrique García, OCU spokesman, said during the annual presentation of the watchdog's report. "Shopping basket prices have risen by 30.5 percent in two years, causing a clear loss of purchasing power for households and, in addition, consumers have changed their consumption habits. Ninety-seven percent of them have changed the way they shop in search of savings," explained García.

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So, with almost all Spanish shoppers changing their spending habits, where can you get the best bang for your buck?

The graph below shows the evolution of princes in a range of the main supermarket chains in Spain, compared to both the Consumer Price Index (IPC general) and the index tied to food prices (IPC alimentos).

The evolution of prices in various Spanish supermarket chains. Source: OCU.

Of the better known brands in Spain, Masymas, Eroski (including various regional chains), Mercadona, Consum, Lidl, and, perhaps rather surprisingly given the profile of its usual clientele, El Corte Inglés, all raised prices below the rate of the foodstuff IPC, with rises ranging between 8 and 12 percent.

At the other, costlier end of the spectrum, E. Leclerc, Supeco, Carrefour (including Express, Market and regular store chains), Alcampo, Supercor, and Día all put up their prices above the IPC rate. Price rises ranged between 12 and 17 percent in these stores.


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The cheapest supermarket chain in each Spanish province

The OCU report also provides some interesting provincial data. After visiting 1,108 supermarkets in 65 cities across Spain and analysing online prices, the consumer watchdog has compiled figures on the cheapest shops in each of the 50 provinces of Spain.

Álava - Mercadona

Albacete - Alcampo

Alicante - Supeco

Almería - Consum

Asturias - Alcampo

Badajoz - Mercadona

Balearic Islands - Mercadona

Barcelona - Mi Alcampo

Burgos - Tifer

Cáceres - Supeco

Cádiz - Alcampo

Cantabria - Mercadona

Castellón - Alcampo

Ciudad Real - Mercadona

Córdoba - Deza

Cuenca - Alcampo

Girona - Mercadona

Granada - Dani

Guadalajara - Family Cash

Guipúzcoa - Alcampo

Huelva - Cash Fresh

Huesca - Alcampo

Jaén - Dani

La Coruña - Alcampo

La Rioja - Alcampo

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria - Alcampo

León - Tifer

Lérida - Mercadona

Lugo - Family Cash

Málaga - Cash Fresh

Madrid - Alcampo

Murcia - Alcampo

Navarra - Mercadona

Orense - Mercadona

Palencia - Tifer

Pontevedra - Alcampo

Salamanca - Supeco

Santa Cruz de Tenerife - Hiperdino

Segovia - Mercadona

Sevilla - Family Cash

Soria - Mercadona

Tarragona - Consum

Teruel - Alcampo

Valencia - Alcampo

Valladolid - Tifer

Vizcaya - Mercadona

Zamora - Tifer

Zaragoza - Alcampo


The cheapest individual supermarkets in all of Spain

The report also identified the individually cheapest supermarkets in Spain. The cheapest of all the establishments visited by the OCU were the Alcampo hypermarkets in Coia in Vigo (Galicia) and Murcia. Dani supermarkets in Granada were also among the cheapest.

The most expensive visited by OCU were the Sánchez Romero chain supermarkets.

The OCU also calculated a joint index for all the supermarkets grouped under the same banner to draw up a ranking of chains according to their price level. In this study, the cheapest chains came out as Dani, among local chains, Tifer among regional chains, and Family Cash and Alcampo among national chains.


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