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Grocery Price Comparison at Miami Publix, Winn-Dixie, Walmart

Bananas galore at Pinecrest Milam Market at 11701 S. Dixie Hwy.  in Pinecrest in December.  12, 2022. These were on sale for 69 cents a pound.  How does the price compare to their rivals?

Bananas galore at Pinecrest Milam Market at 11701 S. Dixie Hwy. in Pinecrest in December. 12, 2022. These were on sale for 69 cents a pound. How does the price compare to their rivals?

hcohen@miamiherald.com

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Everyone seems to be talking about the rising cost of groceries. We heard a customer exclaim, “Oh, my god!” as she looked at a 12-unit egg-filled cooler at a Winn-Dixie store in Doral this month. And they weren’t the most expensive around.

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The Winn-Dixie supermarket in a mall at 10505 NW 41st St. in Doral in December. February 19, 2022. Howard Cohen hcohen@miamiherald.com

Food prices have been rising for some time. the Consumer price index found that food purchased for household use increased 13.5% for the year ending August 2022, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

As grocery shopping in South Florida chains warmed up ahead of this Christmas holiday weekend, we took an unscientific run through several popular stores to compare prices on a handful of common items. . We look at eggs, milk, bread, fruit (we opted for bananas) and cartons of eggnog.

To compare, we went to Publix, Milam’s Market and Whole Foods Market in Pinecrest, Winn-Dixie in Doral, Fresco y Mas in Kendall, Aldi in Palmetto Bay and a Walmart in Westchester.

(Note: We know you can shop at Sedano’s, Target, Trader Joe’s, Costco, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Walgreens, CVS, and other chains. This survey is meant to give you a representative idea.)

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Le Fresco y Mas at TJ Maxx Plaza at 7480 SW 117th Ave. in Kendall in December. 16, 2022. Howard Cohen hcohen@miamiherald.com

Prices varied. Even among chains, prices may vary for the same item in different locations due to supply costs and market demand.

Here’s what we found during our December runs:

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Aldi storefront in the Coral Reef Mall at 15033 S. Dixie Hwy. in Palmetto Bay, Florida. Howard Cohen hcohen@miamiherald.com

Bread

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A wall of bread in a Doral Winn-Dixie in December 2022. Prices may vary by store as well as between chains. Howard Cohen hcohen@miamiherald.com

Publix: Publix brand large white loaf was $2.89 a loaf. Publix was running a BOGO on Nature’s Own bread, which would mean you’d get a $4.09 loaf for free on the weekend of December 21. 12. These BOGOs are frequently repeated on this mark.

Winn Dixie: The brand of SE Grocers (parent company of Winn-Dixie and Fresco y Más) normally cost $2.49 a loaf, but the chain went on sale for its brand at $1.88 a loaf on December 1. 19. Nature’s Own was $3.99.

Fresco and Mas: Nature’s Own was $3.99.

aldi: The Oven Fresh White, 95 cents. Nature’s Own, $3.13.

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Aldi’s L’Oven Fresh brand bread cost 95 cents a loaf on December 21. 12, 2022. Howard Cohen hcohen@miamiherald.com

whole foods: Nature’s Own, $4.99.

walmart: Great Value white label, $1. Nature Belongs, $3.34

At Milam: Nature’s Own $3.99, but there is a sale until January. 4 which offers two loaves for $6.

Eggs

We compared a box of dozens.

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Large Aldi Golden Grade A eggs in a carton of 12 cost $3.66 at the Palmetto Bay location on December 21. 12, 2022. Howard Cohen hcohen@miamiherald.com

Publix: Publix brand, large white $6.15

Winn Dixie: Crystal Springs, $5.03.

Fresco and Mas: Eggland’s Best large white eggs, $3.89. Crystal Springs large white, $5.19

aldiLarge golden eggs, $3.66.

whole foods: The chain’s big white 365 brand, $3.39.

walmart: Great value, $3.16.

At Milam: Eggland’s Best large white, $4.19.

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Milam Market at Pinecrest Center, 11701 S Dixie Hwy. the dec. February 18, 2022. Howard Cohen hcohen@miamiherald.com

Milk

Price per gallon.

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Milk Fresco y Mas in Kendall on December 12. On December 16, 2022, it was $5.49 per gallon for its SE Grocers brand. Howard Cohen hcohen@miamiherald.com

Publix: Publix brand, $4.95.

Winn Dixie: SE Grocers, $5.29.

Fresco and Mas: SE Grocers’ $5.49. McArthur dairy products, $5.99.

aldi: Friendly farms, $3.21.

whole foods: 365 mark $5.39. 365 organic, $6.99.

walmart: Great value, $3.32.

At Milam: McArthur Dairy $5.79. Sunny Florida, $4.99.

Bananas

Price per book.

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Bananas were 69 cents a pound in this Winn-Dixie in Doral on December 21. February 19, 2022. Howard Cohen hcohen@miamiherald.com

Publix: 70 cents.

Winn Dixie: 69 cents.

Fresco and Mas: 59 cents.

Aldi: 46 cents.

whole foods: 69 cents.

walmart: 48 cents.

At Milam: 69 cents.

Eggnog

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Publix-brand half-gallon containers of its seasonal eggnog typically cost $6.79 a carton. But at the Pinecrest location at 13401 S. Dixie Hwy. the dec. On November 12, 2022, the store offered a two for $10, a savings of $3.58. Howard Cohen hcohen@miamiherald.com

Publix$6.79 per half-gallon carton. But the Pinecrest had a two-for-$10 special, a savings of $3.58 on December 1. 1 2.

Winn Dixie: Almond Breeze 32 ounces, $3.99. Half-gallon Southern Comfort, $6.49.

Fresco and Mas: Califia Farms Holiday Nog Almond Milk, $6.39, but was on sale for $3.48 on Dec. 1. 16 for the 48 fluid ounce bottle.

aldiPromised Land: $3.49 for a 28 fluid ounce bottle.

whole foods: Califia Farms Holiday Nog Almond Milk, $6.69

walmartBorden: $6.47 per half-gallon.

At Milam: Califia Farms Holiday Nog Almond Milk, $5.99.

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Customers use the newly installed self-service payment lanes at the Publix supermarket at 13401 S. Dixie Highway in Pinecrest on October 15. 2, 2022. The store added the machines about two weeks earlier. Howard Cohen hcohen@miamiherald.com

Consumer price index chart

The interactive chart below shows the consumer price index for certain commodities that you can achieve when fulfilling your role as a holiday host or “please bring a dish” guest for commodities including you might need, such as turkey, ham, vegetables, bread, butter and potatoes.

Miami Herald Real Time/Breaking News reporter Howard Cohen, winner of the 2017 Media Excellence Awards, has covered pop music, theater, health and fitness, obituaries, city government and general missions. He began his career in the Features department of the Miami Herald in 1991.
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