Hi everyone and welcome to a new video
on our 1191 Hope Avenue YouTube channel! My name is Vicky and today we
will do something slightly different. So, in this week’s video, we are going to
compare and contrast the three types of grocery stores or supermarkets that you
can find in Canada, and we will also compare the price of for grocery
staples in Canada, which are commonly purchased on a weekly basis, which are
bread, milk, eggs and finally chicken. We will compare a discount chain, which
is a No Frills supermarket located next to Broadway-City-Hall station in Vancouver.
Then, we will look at a mid-range chain, which is called Save-on-Foods. And, finally,
we will look at the most luxurious supermarket in Canada, which is Whole
Foods Market, which also carries the very telling nickname “Whole Paycheque”. So now,
let’s go to No Frills. So, No Frills really focuses on those essential items and
doesn’t really much of anything else. So, as you can see in this video, it’s
really your basic tortillas, bananas and so on, that are just in a box or in a
container together. So, as a part of our four staples, we are having bread. So,
depending on the bread that you buy, and the brand as well, it varies between $2
as well as $4. So, the standard D’Italiano bread, whether that’s white or
whole wheat, is about $3. Here, it’s $2.97. And, then you have your Wonder
Bread, which is a less fancy, smaller sliced bread, which is usually used for
sandwiches. And, there are on the corner, we have the store brand, which is called Old
Mill at No Frills. So, in terms of milk, there’s only one brand which is
sold at No Frills, which is Dairyland. In Canada, the bigger the container that you
buy, the cheaper it gets. So, a 4 liters container, which is about one US gallon,
is $4.50 in British Columbia and is the same price in Ontario. So, in
Canada, we have 3.25% milk, 2%, 1%, and finally skim. Fun fact! In Quebec, the
higher the percentage of fat, the higher the price. So now, this is skim milk, which
means fat-free. But, in Toronto and Vancouver, it is the same price
regardless of fat content. So now, in terms of eggs, No Frills has started to
have more organic and free-range selection, which sell for about $6.50
for a dozen, which is about the same price as Whole Foods. They also have
omega-3 eggs, which run for about $4.50. per dozen. You can also buy a
pack of 18 eggs, which is a dozen and a half. And, you also have smaller pack,
which I wouldn’t really recommend, because it’s much more expensive per egg.
And, finally, in the bottom, you will be able to see that they do sell a dozen
for $2.29. So, in terms of chicken, the ground chicken will be about
$7 per pound, which is approximately $12 kilo, if I’m not mistaken. The $10 packs
you see are about 800 grams for boneless chicken and $7 per 800 gram pack for
for bone-in chicken. They also have a few organic and antibiotic-free options,
but that is extremely limited at No Frills. And, here’s more chicken,
including the whole chicken you on the left of your screen. So, No Frills here really focuses on the
best-selling cuts and only the essentials.
Now, Save-On-Foods! So, Save-on-Foods is your major a grocery store, which has
sushi as well as a nice bakery counter, which sells fresh bread. Another feature
is that they have a strong loyalty card program, which means that depending on
the item, you will see two prices: one for card members and one for non-card members.
So, in terms of bread, they have about double the selection of No Frills,
including some specialty items. Now, in terms of milk, the options are slightly
more than No Frills, but not that much. The price will also be about this same
as No Frills. So, in terms of eggs, you have mostly organic options and a few other
ones as well. So, for the chicken, at Save-on-Foods, you have antibiotic-free as
well as air (chilled) chicken, which means that you will pay a bit more, but it’s worth it.
Next, Whole Foods Market, which is nicknamed “Whole Paycheque”. So, when you
walk into the store, you are welcomed by this beautiful flower arrangement which
has mostly fall colours, because we shot this video in October. So, you see a lot
of red, orange, yellow, as well as purple. They also have a professional grade bakery. In
terms of the more sliced bread, you will notice that the bread here are
mostly organic. They are all GMO-free. Your typical 500 gram loaf will be about
$5. At Whole Foods, they also have some bread in the frozen section. Those
will be sprouted and organic breads. In terms of milk, you will not find conventional
milk here. Most of the selection of milk will either be organic or
grass-fed. Your typical 4 litre container of milk will vary anywhere between about
$6 to about $8 at Whole Foods. Smaller containers, again, will be more expensive
per litre in Canada. You also have a very hard to find product. Whole Foods sells
buffalo milk, should that be of interest to you. They also have some creams, but the
selection is quite limited compared to other stores. Now, in terms of eggs, all of
the eggs sold at Whole Foods are either free-range, free-run, or organic. Your typical
dozen of eggs at Whole Foods will run you at about $5 or $6. They do
have sales sometimes, so I would definitely be on the look for that. So,
all the eggs that you see here are local to British Columbia. So, if you’re in
Toronto, the selection might vary. Now, in terms of chicken, your bone-in chicken
will start at $5 a pound, on sale, without any antibiotics, and your boneless chicken
will go all the way to $9 a pound, which is about $20 a kilo. So, those are the
prices that you saw for bread, milk, eggs, and chicken apply in Vancouver, British
Columbia. And, sometimes, the prices can vary based on which province or city you
are and also depending on the time of the year. So, in terms of price variation,
the main increase you will notice is that if you live in the province of
Quebec, which includes the city of Montreal, milk for a 4 liters container,
will be about $6.30, which is about 50% more expensive then
then the price we are paying in Vancouver, as well as compared to how
much we used to pay it back in Toronto. So, this is it for today’s video.
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