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Shoppers price survey for mineral water in Calais, France –

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Mineral Water – a price survey

Mineral water is an excellent good buy in France. Overwhelmingly cheaper, it is often overlooked by regular shoppers. Up to 57% cheaper than in the United Kingdom shoppers should buy more mineral water in France. Not only that, but the choice and variety of bottle sizes is much greater.

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Best Buys (All the best buys); Branded (Evian in particular) and small bottles of mineral water offer the best bargains in France (over 40% cheaper). Even the least best value water was 23% cheaper in France.

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.


Competition keeps prices down in the hypermarkets as they are broadly similar. We have found that French supermarkets generally have larger pack sizes than English Hypermarkets.

Mineral water is often seen as a medical aid – different waters supposedly help valrious ailments. Chateldon for example is recommended for calming nerves and aiding digestion. Badoit reduces tooth decay, and Evian is good for kidney problems. In Paris there are actually Bars selling just water. Colette and Bel-Ami in Paris in particular.

Doing surveys and comparing products between countries is often very difficult. Not only do package sizes vary, but content as well sometimes. Special Offers distort prices temporarily. We have 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 has carried out considerable in depth research, they should be seen as a guide only and not definitive.

Survey of Mineral Water Prices in Calais, France

United Kingdom prices converted at the rate of 1.36 euro to the £. Survey carried out 19th January 2005.

Pack Size Auchan, and Carrefour Calais Sainsbury

and Tesco United Kingdom.

Buy in France Times more expensive in the United Kingdom % cheaper in France
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Evian. 1.5lt x 6 2.29 2.98 23.15% 1.30 YES
Evian 2.0lt x 6 2.53 4.07 37.84% 1.61 YES
Vittel. 1.5lt x 6 2.15 3.19 32.60% 1.48 YES
Volvic. 1.5lt x 6 1.78 2.98 40.27% 1.67 YES
Volvic Fruits 1.5lt x 1 0.70 0.92 23.91% 1.31 YES
Own brand 1.5lt x 6 1.47 2.78 47.12% 1.89 YES
Own brand 1.5lt x 8 1.30 1.99 34.67% 1.53 YES
Own brand 5lt 0.66 0.99 33.33% 1.50 YES


Badoit. 1.0lt x 6 2.78 5.34 47.94% 1.92 YES
Perrier. 1.0lt x 4 2.04 4.75 57.05% 2.33 YES
Own brand 1lt x 1 0.29 0.61 52.46% 2.10 YES

Small Bottles – price per bottle

Evian 1lt x 6 1.76 3.19 44.83% 1.81 YES
Vittel Sport 75cl x 6 1.97 3.78 47.88% 1.92 YES
Vittel 50cl x 6 1.40 2.52 44.44% 1.80 YES
Volvic. 50cl x 6 1.32 2.09 36.84% 1.58 YES
Own brand

50cl x 6

0.96 1.67 42.51% 1.74 YES
– Pioule - - - - - -
Contrex-Minceur. 1.5lt x 6 2.25 - - - -


April – Vittel, Lorraine. 20,000 people and six tonnes of frogs scheduled to swarm into Vittel for the Brotherhood of Frog Thigh Tasters' annual frog-eating festival, the world's largest frog-eating jamboree.

Useful Outside links

– Check out the latest catalogue / leaflet offers (PDF).

rip off britain – Rip-off United Kingdom.

Great resource full of labels and information about French mineral waters.

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