Stores were chock-a-block at the start of yet another Bank Holiday weekend and they struggled to keep pace with demand. Our team reported the fruit and veg section at Safeway, Horndean blocked by people and trolleys. At Tesco, Carlton, shelves were being continually replenished to cope with the rush, but several items had to be asked for. Too few open checkouts were noted at Safeway, Gateshead. Both Somerfields and Tesco, Carlton, had run out of pasta shells. Somerfield at Plymstock suffered most from out of stocks with pasta, Lurpak spreadable, sausages and Jacob's Creek wine missing from the shelves ­ the latter probably because of a £1.10 off special. The rumpus over last week's extortionate potato prices seems to have abated. Asda's Scottish spuds were the best buy at 19p/454g. The more expensive Jersey Royals at 90p/454g were the only loose potatoes available at Sainsbury, Newport, and Safeway, Horndean. Best buys included 4p off Kellogg's Corn Flakes at both Tesco stores and Sainsbury, plus Tesco's Wine Festival 2000 20% off deal on Australian wine. This week's cheapest basket was checked in at Asda, Robroyston, at £37.68. {{GROCER 33 }}