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Fee



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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 07 1:44 pm    Post subject: Price of Chicken in Supermarkets  Reply with quote    

I've noticed that the price of free range chicken in supermarkets seems to have sky-rocketed lately. Sainsbury's want 9.70 for 4 free range organic chicken breasts and ASDA wasn't much less.

I buy most of our meat from our local butcher, so haven't noticed a gradual increase, but was gobsmacked and quite angry when I saw how much they were asking.

We consciously don't buy anything other than free-range chicken, and we're all being encouraged to, yet the supermarkets have the cheak to charge such prices. We don't mind paying extra for well-treated meat, but twice the price is scandalous.

We walked away from the entire meat section in disgust, and won't be going back in a hurry.

What's worrying is that anything 'eco', 'ethical' or 'green' seems to be having it's price ramped up in the supermarkets. How on Earth can low-income families be expected to pay these prices? They simply can't.

Sorry, had to have a rant.

I might have gone up to the butcher counter and had a bit of a moan too, then as I was in a ranty mood by then, asked him what was meant by 'traditionally reared meat' (which is says on loads of the labels on the meat counter), and shock horror, he didn't have a clue what I was even talking about, never mind what it meant!

bernie-woman



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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 07 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It is much cheaper to buy the whole bird and then joint it yourself - I bought one from the supermarket last week for 6.95

tahir



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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 07 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Until organic and free range become a really significant part of our meat trade the supermarkets will always charge a ridiculous premium, as volume goes up their margin will go down.

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 07 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I was just about to suggest that B.

How much are non free range chicken breasts?

Northern_Lad



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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 07 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If you were looking at the packs of breasts then the prices are truely creative.

If the price of whole chickens has got over 2 each up to a reasonable price then that's a good thing.

Fee



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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 07 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jonnyboy wrote:
I was just about to suggest that B.

How much are non free range chicken breasts?


Less than a fiver for the same amount, pretty much half price.

Yeah, I should joint it myself really...never done it before thogh, have we got an article on that?

Northern_Lad



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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 07 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Fee wrote:
Yeah, I should joint it myself really...never done it before thogh, have we got an article on that?


Can someone else oblige, please.

judith



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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 07 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Happy to, NL

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 07 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Fee wrote:

Less than a fiver for the same amount, pretty much half price.

Yeah, I should joint it myself really...never done it before thogh, have we got an article on that?




That said, I think it's probably a mistake to compare the two. A decent butcher or Fm will sell you a bird for around 10 - 12 that will do three meals easily.

Muchus bargianio

bagpuss



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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 07 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

whether you are buying from a butcher or a supermarket the most cost efficient way to buy organic chicken is whole

when I do buy chicken from the supermarket a whole organic one tends be around 6 - 10 for one that is between 1 and 2kg

Fee



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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 07 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Found it

How to Joint a Chicken

Fee



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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 07 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

judith wrote:
Happy to, NL


lol, missed that

Fee



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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 07 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

bagpuss wrote:
whether you are buying from a butcher or a supermarket the most cost efficient way to buy organic chicken is whole

when I do buy chicken from the supermarket a whole organic one tends be around 6 - 10 for one that is between 1 and 2kg


Yeah, I will be in future. We dont buy much meat, and when we do, it's usually from our local butcher, and thinking about it, I don't really pay any notice to how much I'm paying (that's terrible), but I do end up spending quite a bit come to think about it!

Green Man



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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 07 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Now you can see the difference in price between free range/ organic and broiler, perhaps it explains why millions of chichens are reared and fed to millions of people. In the old days most people could not afford to eat much chicken. Most families today eat meat with every main course. The price jump you have witnessed is probably just the same as other new products that supermarkets ply. They start of cheap as chips, and when the local butcher shops and farm shops have closed their doors, they hike the price up to full margin. A margin they need to retail from glass palaces. Modern consumers don't seem to like sawdust on the butcher's floor nowadays.

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 07 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The good old Loss Leader

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