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Posted by: Max 6.Aug.2016, 08:32 AM

Hej Hej,

I am new to Sweden, just here to get some advice on where to buy groceries, which brand label are better in quality.

Like Eldorado etc., is very cheap comparatively than other brands.
It makes me bit cautious whether I should buy or not, especially when it comes to food. Assuming cheap price may compromise quality

Share your comments and opinions for better understanding. Thanks

Posted by: yet another brit 6.Aug.2016, 09:38 AM

Well, there is a reason why Eldorado stuff is cheap. Taste and see...

ICA own-brand stuff is usually OK. If in doubt, assume ICA & Konsum/Co-op have reasonable own-brand stuff, Hemköp, Dagab, City Gross can be fine, with Willys, Lidl and Netto bringing up the rear. Just taste around, and don't forget to look for special offers & coupons in your junk mail, and no single shop will be cheapest (or dearest) for everything.

Local ethnic supermarkets can be great too.

Posted by: Hisingen 6.Aug.2016, 09:49 AM

As has been said, you simply need to 'taste around' and pick out that which suits you best. For economical shopping you will need to use your feet - and those coupons. Eventually you will find shops that meet your requirements, and it won't be just one as they all have different catch items at different times, but in the main, try to find your favourites close to hand. Getting to be known as a regular often leads to a bit better service, and local small shops - although sometimes a llittle more expensive - need your support.
Just watch out for the 'door keepers' - - - rolleyes.gif They sit outside the shops with the most customers - Systemet, Coop ICA etc.

Posted by: Emerentia 7.Aug.2016, 12:02 PM

Do as you would do in your country of origin. Would you go for the store's own cheaper brand, or would you go for the well known brand?

Eldorado is Hemköp and Willy's own cheap brand, ICA basic is ICA's own cheap brand, X-tra is Coop's own cheap brand.
As others said, you just have to try and compare them to the other brands. In some cases the own cheap brands are made at same places as the well known brands. When it comes to some products Eldorado, ICA basic, X-tra is to your liking and it's worth saving a couple of kronor compared to the other brand, but in some cases you have a favorite among the well known brands. Let your taste buds decides.

I usually compare the table of content (which I understand could be difficult if one doesn't speak Swedish, though), and if it seem to be very similar it could be worth trying the cheaper brand.

Posted by: TLSucks 7.Aug.2016, 12:27 PM

Also, most stores have two brands, one good and one cheap, eg. ICA Basic is the cheap one while just ICA is the good one. For most items the regular ICA brand is as good quality as any other brand. ICA Basic on the other hand is a hit and miss.

Posted by: Hisingen 7.Aug.2016, 01:41 PM

Just remember that - one man's fish is another man's 'poisson'. (Pardon my French).


Posted by: shivanya 27.Sep.2016, 10:09 AM

Shopping has gone completely online these days. You can shop everything from household appliances to office supplies sitting in home. You can even import goods from abroad using the Internet. Online shopping not only makes shopping easy but also save a lot of times.

Posted by: Gamla Hälsingebock 28.Sep.2016, 01:45 AM


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Posted by: Hisingen 28.Sep.2016, 06:19 PM

Re the above, that is unless you are searching for 'Self raising flour'.

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Posted by: Gamla Hälsingebock 28.Sep.2016, 10:44 PM

No...That is so yesterday...

The new culinary rage is automatically erecting flour...

It's main feature is a new descriptions of what it does...rather than old hat types of flour that claim to raise or rise, It elevates and heightens!!!

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