The study aimed to verify if the first week of the month was still the least favourable, as revealed by a survey conducted in Montreal 10 years ago. The prices of 46 basic items in five supermarkets, Metro, Super C, Maxi, IGA and Wal-Mart grocery store, were surveyed for 4 months.
The l’Épicerie team (which has been following our progress since we began and has already spoken about us thrice) contacted us for further insights on the results of the ACEF survey.
We are in fact uniquely placed to assess the ‘specials’ because for the past six years, we have been compiling flyer prices of more than 900 items in 16 banners in Quebec and 53 banners outside Quebec. This corresponds to more than half a million historical prices with all the corresponding information (origin, size, packaging, etc.).
We have developed a sophisticated mathematical algorithm to classify these specials, i.e., to identify those which are really beneficial or very beneficial. The index compares the cost per kilo of each item, with the price history, after adjusting for inflation and seasonality.
So, the host Denis Gagné, director Robert Verge, cameraman Luc Simard and sound technician Marc-Antoine Fournier paid a visit to our office a few days ago. Here are some photos of the l’Épicerie team with some members of the SOSCuisine team.
Don’t forget to turn on Radio Canada on Wednesday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. to watch the report (in French).