Asda pulled off the double this week by checking in the cheapest of our four full baskets on The Grocer 33 and taking the Storewatch title for best all-round service.

Located at The Forge, Parkhead, in Glasgow, Asda had clipped a few pence off Dolmio, Tetley teabags, fresh penne pasta, Tropicana and Budweiser since last week for a total basket price of £38.89.

Hallowe’en and Christmas goods were in abundance, staff were “courteous” and packed the shopping without a prompt. In Wales, Morrisons charged £39.45 for the full list but was marked down because mushrooms were past their best.

Sainsbury in Forestside, Belfast, continued its good run of availability and its full basket cost £39.69. But an untidy fruit and veg area and rogue stacking trolleys in some aisles cost Storewatch points.

At £41.79 Safeway’s full basket was its lowest for the new Grocer 33 list. The Gamston store had a lot of stock out on the shopfloor which caused congestion which was aggravated by the fact that only 17 of 32 tills were open. Safeway at Torr Lane, Plymouth has been extended and included an extra-wide aisle devoted to Christmas gifts.

Staff at Sainsbury in Denton searched but found no Budweiser or Jacob’s Creek, while stacking trolleys opposite each other in the same aisle made life difficult for shoppers in the chilled section.

An “excellent” trip to Tesco was marred by the absence of Budweiser.

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