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With the Albertsons-Kroger merger, we asked: Whose prices are lower? Here’s what we found

Albertsons Companies Inc. and Kroger announced Friday that the two companies have signed a $24.6 billion merger agreement and that Kroger will buy all of Albertsons.

Albertsons is an Idaho staple, a supermarket chain founded in Boise in 1939 by Joe Albertson.

But Kroger, the largest supermarket operator in the United States, already has a foothold in Idaho. Kroger owns the Fred Meyer supermarket chain, which has seven stores in the Treasure Valley.

What could consolidation mean for your food prices?

The Idaho Statesman visited Albertsons and Fred Meyer stores on Friday and compared prices on commonly purchased items. Some items outside of the name brands are available at both stores, while other comparisons are between Kroger’s private labels — including Fred Meyer and Kroger — and Albertsons, Signature and Lucerne private labels.

Prices are from Fred Meyer at 5230 W. Franklin Road and Albertsons at 1219 S. Broadway.

Cheaper prices can also be found at Fred Meyer with a rewards card, but all prices below are before the price reduction.

Price comparison

Tide Plus Downy April Laundry Detergent (69 fl oz)

Fred Meyer: $9.99

Albertsons: $12.99

Price difference: 26.1% cheaper at Fred Meyer

2% Milk

Fred Meyer Brandy ‘Fred Meyer’: $2.89

Albertsons Brand Alfalfa: $3.29

Price difference: 12.9% cheaper at Fred Meyer

La Croix sparkling water (8 packs)

Fred Meyer: $4.99

Albertsons: $4.59

Price difference: 8.4% cheaper at Albertsons

Large Eggs (12 Packs)

Kroger Brand Fred Meyer: $3.99

Albertsons Open Nature Brand: $4.49

Price difference: 11.8% cheaper at Fred Meyer

Keurig The Original Donut Shop K-Cup Pods (32 Pack)

Fred Meyer: $22.49

Albertsons: $22.99

Price difference: 2.2% cheaper at Fred Meyer

Sarah Lee Honey Wheat Bread

Fred Meyer: $4.29

Albertsons: $4.49

Price difference: 4.6% cheaper at Fred Meyer

DiGiorno rising pepperoni pizza crust

Fred Meyer: $7.99

Albertsons: $7.89

Price difference: 1.3% cheaper at Albertsons

Thick bacon (1 pound)

Kroger Brand Fred Meyer: $4.79

Albertsons Signature Brand: $6.99

Price difference: 37.4% off at Fred Meyer

Granny Smith apples (3 pounds)

Kroger Brand Fred Meyer: $5.49

Albertsons Signature Brand: $5.99

Price difference: 8.7% cheaper at Fred Meyer

All purpose flour (5 pounds)

Kroger Brand Fred Meyer: $2.39

Albertsons Signature Brand: $2.99

Price difference: 22.3% off at Fred Meyer

So which one is cheaper?

Using the 10 comparisons above, you’ll save an average of 11.6% by shopping at Fred Meyer over Albertsons at current prices.

Where do you prefer to shop?

There are 24 Albertsons stores in Treasure Valley, far more than the seven Fred Meyers located around the area. But regardless of the number of stores, we want to hear from you: Where do you prefer to shop between the two stores and why?

Tell us in the poll below for the next story:

This story was originally published October 14, 2022 15:56.

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