As soon as you arrive in Australia, you land in any city, you can just do a little walking tour to any neighborhood or maybe a ride in the car a bit 'wider, to realize that there are two supermarket chains that excel on all: Woolworths and Coles.
Woolworths is what the green sign Coles while the red one, and both originate from the beginning of the '900, respectively in 1924 and 1914. If you are interested to read the story and other curious about these two chains, read their descriptions on Wikipedia "Coles" and "Woolworths" (does not make sense to take the information from them and that translated into Italian).
What I want to do in this article is to give an overview of what to buy where and when to buy it.
Woolworths and Coles are two of the distribution giants in Brisbane and where, do not know the exact percentage, but most of the population does the shopping.
Then there is the IGA and Aldi which are two different types of shops. The IGA is closer to the structure of Coles and Woolworths, where there are more or less the same brands and the same products. While, just to get an idea ALDI is similar all'LIDL in Italy. ALDI is also of German origin as LIDL, and the store layout is similar, with limited shelving, products that take directly from the boxes and with lower price class than the more famous brands.
To see the average indicative prices I suggest you read the article "Cost of living in Australia."
So in summary, there are four main places to go shopping:
- Woolworths and Coles are the same as brands and price points, there really is not much difference;
- IGA has bands of slightly higher price than Coles and Woolworths, but not necessarily the quality is better;
- ALDI is the supermarket where they are mostly different brands than in other supermarkets and compete with the most famous brands. The price range is more passes than traditional supermarkets, and being a European network are also several products made in Europe. A level of quality, here you have a good discussion, because to buy European products from safety, however, that they are produced by European certifications and thus the quality, despite the price falls below the Australian brands, it is not at all bad as widely thought.