Beans means Heinz for many discerning customers, as the old advertising slogan goes. But shoppers may be able to save a few pennies – without necessarily compromising on taste – if they try cheaper alternatives to Heinz’s products.
BirminghamLive tested products from Tesco, Asda, Lidl, Aldi, Waitrose, M&S, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and the Co-op to see which are the best supermarket brands for baked beans, ketchup and soup. As the cost of living crisis continues to bite, it may be useful to know where savings can be made during your big shop.
For context, a regular can of Heinz baked beans will cost you £1, whereas most supermarket versions cost less than 50p. Heinz tomato soup costs you £1 for 400g, whereas most supermarket soups cost 50p for the same amount.
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The biggest savings are on Heinz tomato ketchup, with a bottle costing you around £2.40, and all supermarket alternatives coming in below £1. It really is a no-brainer.
Back in February, I bought Heinz baked beans and compared them to tins from Waitrose, Co-op, Sainsbury’s Asda, M&S and Aldi in a mission to find a cheaper substitute. The main aspects I was looking for were a rich tomatoey sauce, beans that held their stricture instead of turning mushy, and a good proportion of beans to sauce.
As well as, of course, a cheaper price than Heinz. Each supermarket came in as cheaper than Heinz, with the next most expensive costing 40p, being Waitrose and M&S, and the cheapest being Aldi at 22p.
But it was a middle runner which took the title, with the Tesco baked beans tasting almost identical to the Heinz. The tin of Tesco baked beans cost 32p for 420g, an absolute bargain compared to Heinz which cost £1.
Tinned Tomato Soup