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I remember watching a TV programme on the subject and they were discussing instant coffee.
Nescafe Gold blend jar looks the same in the UK/France/Italy etc but the taste is totally different due to country preferences.
For example they were saying how a shopper from the UK might visit France and buy, but it is much much stronger than the bean used for the UK market.

This is similar approach for many food products.

Nestlé bottled water, has a different mineral recipe for different markets and countries although being from the same source and bottling facility.
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Re: Supermarket best buys

And from personal experience, Tampax tampons differ considerably by market... so much for global branding.

The size regular is not standard, and appears to adapt to local sizes or customs, dang, sometimes they get stuck...othertimes they leak

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I remember watching a TV programme on the subject and they were discussing instant coffee.
Nescafe Gold blend jar looks the same in the UK/France/Italy etc but the taste is totally different due to country preferences.
For example they were saying how a shopper from the UK might visit France and buy, but it is much much stronger than the bean used for the UK market.
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Old 03.03.2015, 13:36
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And from personal experience, Tampax tampons differ considerably by market... so much for global branding.

The size regular is not standard, and appears to adapt to local sizes or customs, dang, sometimes they get stuck...othertimes they leak
Ahh I thought it was just me who'd noticed that.
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Re: Supermarket best buys

For all cleaning material, I prefer Denner. Denner has the good international brands and big pack sizes.

I go to Coop and Migros for vegetables and fruits however they have mostly disappointing so far. I keep hearing that Aldi has fresh and good-tasting veg/fruits if you go early in the morning.
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For all cleaning material, I prefer Denner. Denner has the good international brands and big pack sizes.

I go to Coop and Migros for vegetables and fruits however they have mostly disappointing so far. I keep hearing that Aldi has fresh and good-tasting veg/fruits if you go early in the morning.
That's true for Migros and Coop, too.
It has to be Monday morning, though.
Especially during Summer.

The local Migros has had a small open fridge to store blueberries, strawberries, raspberries etc for a few months. While it doesn't make them taste better per-se, at least you don't carry home a pack that is already half-moldy.

I hope Coop does this, too, at some point. Because in theory, the fruit+veg at Coop is a bit better. It's just the storage during the day that makes the stuff rot fast.
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For all cleaning material, I prefer Denner. Denner has the good international brands and big pack sizes.

I go to Coop and Migros for vegetables and fruits however they have mostly disappointing so far. I keep hearing that Aldi has fresh and good-tasting veg/fruits if you go early in the morning.
Bit off topic now. Migros own brand stuff is usually good quality on the cheap. Green pan scrubs (scotchbrite clones), washing up liquid, different to but as good as international brands. Soap powder wise, 15% of the recommended dose of the cheapest powder in Migros seems to work well for me with Zurich water. This detergent stuff is vastly over spec'd.
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For all cleaning material, I prefer Denner. Denner has the good international brands and big pack sizes.

I go to Coop and Migros for vegetables and fruits however they have mostly disappointing so far. I keep hearing that Aldi has fresh and good-tasting veg/fruits if you go early in the morning.
I agree for cleaning material, but for vegetable and fruits I think Coop and Migros are better than Aldi.

Someone mentioned fruits fridge in Migros. Sometimes they have these quite small strawberries (not the forest ones, though sometimes they also have those). They taste like the ones I know are 100% natural, not the weird hormonal or whatever else stuff. They are a bit expensive, but they are the only proper tasting strawberries I've found in Switzerland

And not sure why, but Coop bio milk tastes much better than Migros one.. and while some fruits and vegis are better in Coop in my opinion, Migros bio small tomatoes are better.

Coop used to have some really nice tomatoes but not any longer
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Re: Supermarket best buys

When do you find is the best time to buy the marked down food? 7.30pm seems to offer the richest pickings from what I have seen. Coop on Sihlstrasse is a good one...
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Old 07.03.2015, 16:00
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Re: Supermarket best buys

I'll be heading off to Migros today around 5.30. They close at six.

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Old 07.03.2015, 16:49
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Re: Supermarket best buys

In Coop Burgfelderplatz Basel (maybe others) they have Tchibo espresso coffee on offer from 7.50 to 5 CHF with a load on 50% off. So 2.50 CHF for 500g of good robust espresso roasted beans. Perfect for making milky drinks (it's a bit of a boring blend just for espressos imo but they had other coffees also 50% off).

And, they have the entire Callier L'Atelier range for 33% off and a huge number at an additional 25% off, so 4.95 down to 2.25 for the 200g bars.
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Re: Supermarket best buys

Coop right before closing any day has many 50% markdowns of consumables with expiry dates.
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I'll be heading off to Migros today around 5.30. They close at six.

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Having been in our local Migros a couple of times in the late afternoon on Saturdays it seems that from 5pm onwards is the time to be there ( they close at 6).
There was quite a crowd in the fresh meat/fish area the first time I was there and I picked up some lovely fish at 50% off.
The next time was a couple of weeks later and I was a little bit earlier and the crowd was already gathering. There were quite a few of the people I'd seen the previous time and it seems as if they've turned it into a bit of a social gathering.

The COOP starts their reductions earlier in the day ( around here at least) often with 25% off just before lunch and 50% from mid afternoon.
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Re: Supermarket best buys

It really depends.
Coops here are open till 21:00, mostly (or 20:00).
Larger Coops like the one in SihlCity have more foot-traffic and as such, often better turnaround of goods and thus less 50% items at the end of the day.
Mid-sized Coops or Migros branches usually need to mark-down more stuff.
The Coop in Wiedikon has loads of stuff, usually.
Much more than I could buy or freeze.
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Re: Supermarket best buys

Long may Coop's crappy stock-control systems continue.

When a new Waitrose opened near me in Lndon I had about 2 weeks of severely (80off!) food being sold at the end of the day. Their systems soon caught up with the supply&demand issue and now there's virtually nothing reduced.

I've mentioned it before (maybe on this very thread!) but Migros and Coop do their reductions differently.

Let's say there's some meat for 20 CHF, and it's currently on Aktion for 8 CHF and has a 50% sticker on it. Coop will charge you 4 CHF, Migros 10 CHF. Something to watch out for.
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Re: Supermarket best buys

Recently I noticed in Migros Glatt they are throwing away the unsold sandwiches... It was 8pm, those items were not reduced and were putting them without any order in a huge bag. Can't imagine they are being given to anyone in that way, so I presume they go to garbage.
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Re: Supermarket best buys

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Let's say there's some meat for 20 CHF, and it's currently on Aktion for 8 CHF and has a 50% sticker on it. Coop will charge you 4 CHF, Migros 10 CHF. Something to watch out for.
I have a different experience: Taking the prices from your example, I would get charged ChF 4 in both Coop and Migros, i.e. in both stores the 50% off is taken from the Aktion price (and not the original price).
I would have complained otherwise...
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Recently I noticed in Migros Glatt they are throwing away the unsold sandwiches... It was 8pm, those items were not reduced and were putting them without any order in a huge bag. Can't imagine they are being given to anyone in that way, so I presume they go to garbage.
If they are not sold within 12 hours by Migros, they go back to the sandwich distributor, and sent off on Eurostar.
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Re: Supermarket best buys

I used to follow the guy with the stickers round. And usually had a few people behind me doing the same thing. It's great if you have a big freezer, nowadays i have a dinky freezer, but can still fit quite a bit into it.
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Re: Supermarket best buys

I dropped by alnatura migros zug and noticed these two items,

long grain brown rice 2.90/kg
(i prefer the long grain to the fatter grain in the normal migros coop brown rices)

coffee 5.90?/500g

you can't order them in leshop at this time so you have to drop by.

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Re: Supermarket best buys

there is this website that you can see the list of discounts
http://www.aktionis.ch/migros,coop
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