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Cheese and Dairy products price survey for shopper in Calais, France – Day-tripper.net
Cheese and dairy products are much cheaper in France. This survey will help you find the best value items. We also list the main words and terms you will find on a French label.
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Best Buys (All the best buys); The range of dairy products in French supermarkets beats that on offer in the United Kingdom hands down. Cheeses are much cheaper, and the range and prices of yoghurts and fromage frais much better.
Whilst the limited range of French cheeses available in United Kingdom Supermarkets meant we were unable to compare all cheeses, where we were able to compare, the savings when buying in France ranged from 25 – 75%. Best buys were (% savings in brackets); Soigno Mild goats cheese (75%), Soignon Roll – St. Maure (61.5%), own brand Camembert (56.6%), Roquefort Societé – 52% m.g. (47.5%), own brand Roquefort (46.7%), Laughing Cow 12 pack (32.9%), own brand Brie (25.3%).
CREDIT CARDS – we suggest you ring your credit card company before shopping in France – increased fraud means they are turning down shoppers cards if their spending deviates from the norm. Take your mobile – you can often sort the problem out over the phone.
France is world famous for its cheeses, and the array in Calais is amazing. Try something different each time – you will soon learn which are your favourites. The range of dairy products is also much greater. Fromage Frais for example is not just cheaper, but the range much better. Yoghurts and butters abound.
Doing surveys and comparing products between countries is often very difficult. Our objective is to establish in general terms whether a range of products is cheaper or not, and where possible, specific products. However, not only do package sizes vary, but content as well sometimes. Special Offers distort prices temporarily. We have therefore used the French sizes as a standard and worked out the English price pro-rata. Where it is impossible to adjust for differences (size of pineapples for example) we list the United Kingdom and French prices. We suggest you print these pages and take them with you as a rough guide. In general, French hypermarket labels are more informative and will show you the price per litre or kilogram as well (United Kingdom prices often just the item price), United Kingdom products come in smaller sizes, and there is less of a choice.
Whilst every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of these surveys, and Day-tripper.net has carried out considerable in depth research, they should be seen as a guide only and not definitive.
|Product -||French Pack Size||France Per Pack||United Kingdom £ Per Pack||% Cheaper in France||Times more expensive in the United Kingdom||Buy in France|
|Boursin; chives, pear, nuts (ciboulette, poire, noix)||125g|
|Boursin, garlic and herbs (ail and herbes)||10 pack|
|Brie (own brand)||1kg|
|Camembert (own brand)||250g|
|Camembert Portions (President)||240g|
|Coulommiers (own brand)||350g|
|Emental, French (own brand)||250g|
|Emental, French (President)||250g|
|Laughing Cow (la vache qui rit)||12 pack|
|Roquefort (own brand)||150g|
|Roquefort Societé (52%)||150g|
|Soignon Mild – Duex||180g|
|Goats Cheese (own brand)||180g|
|Soignon Roll – St. Maure||200g|
Note; We have compared United Kingdom prices with the pack sizes available in France. For example if the pack size in France is 150g, and in the United Kingdom 125g, we have made the United Kingdom price per 150g.