30 Sep2010

Okay, based on roughly 80 responses from the previous post asking what Top 10 produce items you purchase at the market/grocery, here is a list of Top 12 items. I stretched the list to 12 as the last two items were reasonably close to #10 and a natural “fall-off” in votes was evident after 12 items. For the top item, onions, nearly 90% of you listed it as one of your Top 10 items. For the 12th item, ginger, only 23% of you included it in your lists. While there are several variations of these items (latundan, lakatan or saba bananas for instance or white and red onions and shallots) I have unilaterally decided what the BASE item will be below for the purposes of doing a comparison against different markets and groceries. So instead of me amusing all of you for the next couple of days, why don’t you get off your tushes and head to your local grocery or market this weekend and take careful note of the prices for the following 12 produce items. You don’t need to buy all 12 items, just accurately report the going PRICE PER KILO at a specific and named shopping location. If we get some 40-50 credible responses, this will be a pretty good “point-in-time” comparison of prices… and if we deem it useful, we can do it periodically. To control the quality of data, I will ONLY accept data from readers who have previously commented on this blog and who provide valid email addresses. The reason for this is to avoid owners of groceries or other folks providing inaccurate data to make the results less reliable.

1. WHITE ONIONS. Medium to large size, white or sometimes referred to as yellow or Spanish onions. They have a slightly golden peel or skin, but the flesh of the onion is white. Here is a picture of the onions that should be priced (go to this post, and refer to onions in third photo, on the LEFT hand side of photo).

2. TOMATOES. “Native” tomatoes not large beefsteak or western salad tomatoes. These should be semi-ripe to ripe, medium to high quality specimens, not the seconds or mushy versions. Go to this post and look at the tomatoes in the third photo for the proper reference point.

3. GARLIC. Ideally, we should seek locally grown garlic, but I find that they have been trampled by cheaper and less fragrant chinese imports. But since native garlic is rare in many groceries nowadays, let’s use as the standard medium sized garlic, most likely NOT the native variety.

4. POTATOES. Medium sized potatoes (not the new or pebble sized versions). Locally grown and brown. Size of potatoes affect prices (they are graded even at the Benguet source) so it is useful to pick what you believe to be the medium sized potatoes and record the price of those.

5. BANANAS. Lakatan (third photo in this post). Medium to large sized bananas, roughly a day shy of ripe. Smaller bananas will likely have a lower price, overripe bananas will also have a lower price in markets. So think about 6-8 inches, but don’t bring a ruler to the grocery, people WILL look at you funny. :)

6. CARROTS. Medium to large locally grown carrots. Not imported carrots. Not the small baby or finger sized carrots.

7. KALAMANSI. Medium-sized, firm and green. Not large, yellowing and ripe. Photo here.

8. BAGUIO OR GREEN BEANS. Good quality and fresh, medium to large size.

9. CABBAGE. Green (not red or purple) locally grown cabbage or REPOLYO. Not chinese, savoy or other cabbage. Medium to large sized head.

10. KALABASA or SQUASH. Medium sized, nearly ripe specimen. Photo here.

11. PECHAY. The most common locally grown pechay. The stuff you grew in the school yard when you were in 3rd grade. Medium sized, fresh specimens. Photo here.

12. GINGER or LUYA. Medium sized fresh knobs.

Okay, if you wish to participate in the survey for the benefit of ALL marketmanila.com readers, please take the list of 12 items above and list down the PRICE PER KILO where you normally do your food shopping. Let’s do this for stores/markets in the PHILIPPINES ONLY PLEASE. If at the market, you may bargain to obtain the best price if you are inclined. At groceries, prices are fixed obviously. You do NOT need to buy all these items, but you will probably need several of them anyway. Then leave a comment on this post, in this format:

Mang Procopio’s Gulayan (name of grocery or market)
Jose Rizal Avenue (address or general area)
Saturday, 2 October 2010, 8am (date and time)

Total price of MM Produce Basket : PHP 795 (add up the price of all 12 kilos of produce)

1. Onions PHP50.00/kilo
2. Tomatoes PHP49.95/kilo
3. Garlic PHP76.00/kilo
ETC. (please follow order above or I will go blind compiling data! :)

Thank you very much. I am curious how many of you will participate in this effort. The more the merrier. :)

Happy produce shopping this weekend!

 

COMMENTS:

  1. chreylle says:

    tnx MM for this brilliant shoppers guide :D

    Oct 1, 2010 | 12:12 am

     
  2. kim says:

    will wait for results so i can advise my mom where to shop ! thanks !!!

    Oct 1, 2010 | 1:01 am

     
  3. zerho says:

    Will do this first thing tomorrow Sir MM. Finally an expose on those markets/groceries who overpriced their products just beacuse they can.

    Oct 1, 2010 | 1:58 am

     
  4. Carol Geron says:

    Thanks, MM, I will try to post in case I will have any purchases this weekend of these 12 commodities. Once we have all the data, it would also be good to compare these with the (almost) daily prevailing prices of common commodities being tracked by the Bureau of Agricultural Statitics, in terms of prices, in the major Metro Manila markets. I am attaching here their website, which is also quite a useful place to get price information: bas.gov.ph.

    Oct 1, 2010 | 10:19 am

     
  5. gigie says:

    Here are the prices today :

    Pasig Mega Market
    Pasig City
    Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, 8am

    Total Price of MM Produce Basket: PHP558

    1. White Onions PhP 60.00/kilo
    2. Tomatoes PhP 30.00/kilo
    3. Garlic PhP 120.00/kilo
    4. Potatoes PhP 40.00/kilo
    5. Bananas PhP 38.00/kilo
    6. Carrots PhP 60.00/kilo
    7. Kalamansi PhP 30.00/kilo
    8. Baguio or Green Beans PhP 25.00/kilo
    9. Cabbage PhP 35.00/kilo
    10.Kalabasa PhP 20.00/kilo
    11.Pechay PhP 40.00/kilo
    12.Luya PhP 60.00/kilo

    Oct 1, 2010 | 12:35 pm

     
  6. Blaise says:

    Ang mahal ng garlic!!!

    Oct 1, 2010 | 2:38 pm

     
  7. becky says:

    lol (item no 5)
    on a more serious note, i think this is a very good project for market manila readers to ‘get off their tushes’ and start being more proactive.
    will take note of this next time im in the grocery :)
    i think it would be really neat once we get a substantial amount of data then start comparing :)

    Oct 1, 2010 | 3:21 pm

     
  8. Seigfred says:

    fantastic idea MM. please help know if I can help in any way cooking your data. long have i dreamed of a website that has weekly prices of markets in manila. is this project heading that way? if so, I will be glad to help. :)

    Oct 1, 2010 | 4:30 pm

     
  9. deirdregurl says:

    NCCC Supermarket
    Ma-a, Davao City
    Thursday, 30 September 2010

    1. white onions Php90/kg
    2. kalamansi Php66/kg (note: it is prepackaged @ Php16.50 for 250g)
    3.tomato Php38/kg
    4.bananas Php25/kg

    Oct 1, 2010 | 8:02 pm

     
  10. Vyan DP says:

    Robinsons Supermarket Midtown
    Adriatico St, Ermita Manila
    Friday, 01 Oct 2010, 8PM

    1. White Onions – Php 100.00/kg
    2. Baguio Beans – Php 37.00/kg
    3. Garlic – Php 145.00/kg
    4. Calamansi – Php 30.00/kg
    5. Native Tomatoes – Php 65.00/kg

    Total price of produce basket: PHP 377.00*
    (*Sum of all per kilo price of abovementioned produce)

    Oct 1, 2010 | 10:14 pm

     
  11. Gerry says:

    I don’t normally do the produce shopping but I just want to make a comment on the price of garlic. We buy garlic by the sack and I think it cost around 30 pesos per kg a couple of years ago. Now I see prices over P100 as listed above. After reading an article on food inflation in Asia, I guess that it’s not only rice prices that have risen. This inflation will certainly make life harder for our poorer countrymen.

    Oct 2, 2010 | 2:18 am

     
  12. Lex says:

    SM Supermarket
    Mall of Asia
    Pasay City
    Friday, October 1, 2010

    Total Price of MM Produce Basket: PHP763

    1. White onions – P78/kg
    2. Tomatoes – P50/kg
    3. Garlic – Local P250, China P170/kg
    4. Potatoes – P48/kg
    5. Bananas – P38/kg
    6. Carrots – P74/kg
    7. Kalamansi -P34/kg
    8.Barguio beans – P38/kg
    9. Cabbage – P46/kg
    10. Kalabasa – P30 -/kg
    11. Pechay – P54/kg
    12. Ginger – P 103/kg

    It is very clear that SM Supermarkets are not “makamasa”. They are very expensive compared to other supermarkets around Metro Manila. They used to give their prices by half a kilo in the produce section hoping the public do not know their math.

    Oct 2, 2010 | 9:31 am

     
  13. Luanne Shackelford says:

    Carmen market
    Cagayan de Oro City

    Total Price of MM Produce Basket: PHP499

    White onions- p50/kg
    Local tomatoes-p20/kg
    Garli-p78/kg
    Potatoes-p60-65/kg
    Bananas-p35/kg
    Carrots-p25/kg
    Kalamansi-p25 per can (salmon) (MM assumed PHP40 for a kilo for total)
    Baguio beans-p35/kg
    Cabbage-p28/kg
    Kalabasa-p8/kg
    Pechay-p40/kg (usually sold by bundle)
    Luya-p80

    Oct 2, 2010 | 11:51 am

     
  14. Nadia says:

    Local farmers’ market (Tabu-an sa Provincial Agri Office)
    Brgy. Piapi, Dumaguete City
    Saturday, 2 October 2010, 7am

    Total Price of Nadia’s Produce Basket: PHP 625

    1. white onions PHP 65/kilo
    2. native tomatoes PHP 40/kilo
    3. garlic PHP 120/kilo
    4. potatoes PHP 70/kilo
    5. lakatan PHP 35/kilo
    6. carrots PHP 110/kilo
    7. kalamansi PHP 30/kilo
    8. green beans PHP 30/kilo
    9. cabbage PHP 35/kilo
    10. kalabasa PHP 10/kilo
    11. pechay PHP 30/kilo
    12. luya PHP 50/kilo

    Oct 2, 2010 | 12:42 pm

     
  15. maia says:

    hi MM. excited to do this tomorrow.:)

    Oct 2, 2010 | 7:29 pm

     
  16. peterb says:

    Puregold, Shaw Blvd.
    Mandaluyong City
    Sunday, 3 October 2010, 7pm

    White Onion – P71/Kilo
    Tomato Native – P55/Kilo
    Garlic Taiwan – P146/Kilo
    Potato – P45/Kilo
    Carrots – P70/Kilo
    Calamansi – P30/Kilo
    Kalabasa – P26/Kilo
    Ginger – P128/Kilo

    Was only able to get/check 8 out of the 12. Most if not all are the Garden Fresh brand. Dizon’s is much more expensive.

    Oct 3, 2010 | 12:23 am

     
  17. edel says:

    Farmers Market
    October 1, 2010

    Garlic- P120/kilo
    White Onion- P65/kilo
    Lakatan- P30/kilo
    Kalamansi- 30/kilo

    Oct 3, 2010 | 12:39 am

     
  18. Gerry says:

    You have to do this again in December, particularly near Christmas to see how prices shoot up . It would actually be a great idea to do it regularly to see trends in produce prices during the different seasons. Did prices get affected by el nino or la nina or some other catastrophic event like a typhoon.

    Oct 3, 2010 | 8:09 am

     
  19. vicki2 says:

    This is great! Will get off my b*tt and look at some prices today (hopefully). I never really paid attention to the price per kilo, but just last week when I told my friend I shopped at s&r for gulay–she told me, quite aghast “hoy, the gulay there is dollar denominated!” So this survey is very timely.

    Oct 3, 2010 | 12:13 pm

     
  20. MrsKookie says:

    Makati Supermarket
    Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City
    3 October 2010, Sunday; 11AM

    Total Price of MM Produce Basket: PHP812.60

    1) White onions – P65/Kg
    2) Tomatoes – P60/Kg mostly but I spied an P86/Kg package (same item and brand)
    3) Garlic – P170.40/Kg
    4) Potatoes – P55/Kg
    5) Bananas P46.50 (Dole); P48; P49.20 (Dizon)
    6) Carrots – P98/Kg
    7) Kalamansi – P60/Kg (Dizon) and I spied a P40/Kg of a different brand
    8) Baguio beans – P29.40/Kg
    9) Cabbage – P30/Kg
    10) Kalabasa – 25/Kg
    11) Pechay – P28.30 (on sale; regular was P35/Kg)
    12) Ginger – P145/Kg

    Wow. The garlic and ginger here is expensive compared to the others. I look forward to the other posts. :)

    Oct 3, 2010 | 12:24 pm

     
  21. Artisan Chocolatier says:

    Robinson’s Supermarket @ Banilad Town Center (BTC)
    Banilad, Cebu City
    3 October 2010 8:00a.m.

    Total Price of MM Produce Basket: PHP1,009

    White Onions – 100.00/kg
    Tomatoes – 65.00/kg
    Garlic – 175.00/kg
    Potatoes – 92.00/kg
    Bananas – 42.00/kg
    Carrots – 145.00/kg
    Kalamansi – 80.00/kg
    Baguio Beans – 35.00/kg
    Cabbage – 68.00/kg
    Squash – 18.00/kg
    Pechay – 56.00/kg
    Ginger – 133.00/kg

    Oct 3, 2010 | 1:17 pm

     
  22. tna says:

    SM Supermarket, SM City,
    Sta. Rosa City, Laguna
    3 October 2010 10:30AM

    Total Price of MM Produce Basket: PHP730

    1. White Onions – P 72.00/kg
    2. Tomatoes – P 42.00/kg
    3. Garlic – P 136.00/kg
    4. Potatoes – P54.00/kg
    5. Bananas – P38/kg
    6. Carrots – P 63.00/kg
    7. Kalamansi – P 20.00/kg
    8. Baguio Beans – P 32.00/kg
    9. Cabbage – P46.00/kg
    10. Kalabasa – P17.00/kg
    11. Pechay – (P 5.00 per tali per our roaming tindera – NOT FROM SM) – for total basket, MM assumes PHP40 kilo.
    12. Ginger – P 170.00/kg

    Oct 3, 2010 | 2:01 pm

     
  23. eustressor says:

    Suki Market
    Mayon, Quezon City
    Saturday, 2 October 2010, 6am

    Total price of eustressor’s Produce Basket: PHP 660

    1. white onions PHP60/kilo
    2. tomatoes PHP40/kilo
    3. garlic PHP120/kilo
    4. potatoes PHP50/kilo
    5. bananas PHP35/kilo
    6. carrots PHP50/kilo
    7. kalamansi PHP35/kilo
    8. baguio beans PHP40/kilo
    9. cabbage PHP45/kilo
    10. kalabasa PHP25/kilo
    11. pechay PHP40/kilo
    12. ginger PHP120/kilo

    Oct 3, 2010 | 3:49 pm

     
  24. Pilar says:

    Unimart
    San Juan
    Sunday, Oct 3, 2010 11:00am

    Total Price of MM Produce Basket : PHP 736.35

    1. White Onions PhP 60.00/kilo
    2. Tomatoes PhP 70.00/kilo
    3. Garlic PhP 170.40/kilo
    4. Potatoes PhP 55.00/kilo
    5. Bananas PhP55.20/kilo (Dole)
    6. Carrots PhP 60.00/kilo
    7. Kalamansi PhP 40.00/kilo
    8. Baguio Beans PhP 29.40/kilo
    9. Cabbage PhP 30.00/kilo
    10.Kalabasa PhP 20.00/kilo
    11.Pechay PhP 28.35/kilo
    12.Luya PhP 118.00/kilo

    Oct 3, 2010 | 7:41 pm

     
  25. jhaz says:

    Malanday Wet and Dry Market
    M.H. del Pilar street Malanday Valenzuela City
    Sunday,Oct.3,2010 10am

    Total Price of MM Produce Basket: PHP552

    1. White Onions PhP 48.00/kilo
    2. Tomatoes PhP 35.00/kilo
    3. Garlic PhP 120.00/kilo
    4. Potatoes PhP 40.00/kilo
    5. Bananas PhP 35.00/kilo
    6. Carrots PhP 50.00/kilo
    7. Kalamansi PhP 24.00/kilo
    8. Baguio or Green Beans PhP 35.00/kilo
    9. Cabbage PhP 35.00/kilo
    10.Kalabasa PhP 20.00/kilo
    11.Pechay PhP 30.00/kilo
    12.Luya PhP 80.00/kilo

    Oct 3, 2010 | 9:29 pm

     
  26. Melissa says:

    Rustan’s Supermarket
    Greenbelt 1

    Total price of MM produce basket price: PHP 872

    White Onions imported only 95/kilo
    Tomatoes 60/kilo
    Garlic imported 178/kilo (native garlic 315, replaced with imported for consistency)
    Potatoes 70/kilo
    Bananas 49/kilo
    Carrots jumbo 95 baby 65
    Kalamansi 44/kilo
    Green beans 49/kilo
    Cabbage 60/kilo
    Squash 27/kilo
    Pechay 40/kilo
    Ginger 135/kilo

    Total produce basket price: 854 pesos
    Conclusion: Note to self: STOP SHOPPING IN RUSTANS

    Oct 3, 2010 | 9:57 pm

     
  27. Lex says:

    S and R
    Aseana
    October 3, 2010

    Total Price of MM Produce Basket : PHP 845.40

    White Onions – P79.95/kg
    Tomatoes – P59.95/kg
    Garlic – Taiwan P169.95/kg, local P269.95kg
    Potatoes – P69.95kg
    Carrots – P66.95/kg small, P99.95kg large
    Calamansi – P39.95kg
    Kalabasa – P19.95kg
    Ginger – P149.95kg
    Bananas (lacatan) – P38.95kg
    Green Beans – P49.95kg
    Cabbage – P54.95kg
    Pechay – P44.95kg

    Contrary to what we are made to believe, S & R is not cheap for the bulk sales they promote. Their garlic is 30 pesos/kg more expensive than Landmark in Makati. I hope someone can come up with prices from Cash & Carry, Puregold, Super 8 and Landmark. It would be interesting to see variations in prices from different supermarkets.

    Oct 4, 2010 | 9:30 am

     
  28. Tony Bu says:

    Pasig Market South “Extension” (?)
    Sunday, October 3, 8am

    1. RED (WHITE) ONIONS, P48
    2. TOMATOES, P24
    3. [Large] GARLIC, P120
    4. POTATOES
    5. BANANAS.
    6. CARROTS, P40
    7. KALAMANSI, P15
    8. BAGUIO OR GREEN BEANS.
    9. CABBAGE, P32
    10. KALABASA or SQUASH
    11. PECHAY
    12. GINGER or LUYA, P60

    Oct 4, 2010 | 9:32 am

     
  29. maia says:

    SaveMore, The Parkmall
    Mandaue City, Cebu
    Sunday, 3 October 2010, 6 pm

    1. white onions – PhP 40/kilo
    2. tomatoes – 30/kilo
    3. garlic- 178/kilo
    4. potatoes – 56/kilo
    5. bananas- 37/kilo
    6. carrots – 95/kilo
    7. kalamansi – 50/kilo
    8. baguio beans – 47/kilo
    9. cabbage – 34/kilo
    10. squash – 23/kilo
    11. pechay –
    12. ginger-

    sorry i failed to get prices for the last two items.:)

    Oct 4, 2010 | 11:38 am

     
  30. Marketman says:

    Divisoria, Ambulant/Informal Street Vendors
    (Not the wholesale market near the train tracks)
    Manila
    Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, 9am

    Total Price of MM Produce Basket: PHP605

    1. White Onions PHP 55.00/kilo
    2. Tomatoes PHP 50.00/kilo
    3. Garlic PHP 120.00/kilo
    4. Potatoes PHP 60.00/kilo
    5. Bananas PHP 40.00/kilo
    6. Carrots PHP 50.00/kilo
    7. Kalamansi PHP 30.00/kilo
    8. Baguio or Green Beans PHP 30.00/kilo
    9. Cabbage PHP 35.00/kilo
    10.Kalabasa PHP 25.00/kilo
    11.Pechay PHP 40.00/kilo
    12.Luya PHP 70.00/kilo

    These prices were a bit of a surprise. I was expecting very low prices in Divisoria, but it simply didn’t seem to be the case. This appears to be a case where buying in small amounts, even on the street without airconditioning, taxes, rent, etc., you can still pay pretty high prices for some types of produce… Because garlic and ginger was noticeably cheaper in Divisoria, the total basket price fell, but otherwise, prices were not that low given the schlep and conditions on the street…

    Oct 4, 2010 | 3:23 pm

     
  31. Marketman says:

    Cash & Carry
    South Superhighway, Makati
    Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, 1pm

    Total Price of MM Produce Basket: PHP782.15

    1. White Onions PHP 66.00/kilo
    2. Tomatoes PHP 54.00/kilo
    3. Garlic PHP 180.00/kilo
    4. Potatoes PHP 66.00/kilo
    5. Bananas PHP 50.00/kilo
    6. Carrots PHP 72.00/kilo
    7. Kalamansi PHP 54.00/kilo
    8. Baguio or Green Beans PHP 29.40/kilo
    9. Cabbage PHP 50.40/kilo
    10.Kalabasa PHP 30.00/kilo
    11.Pechay PHP 28.35/kilo
    12.Luya PHP 102.00/kilo

    Oct 4, 2010 | 3:59 pm

     
  32. Marketman says:

    S & R
    Fort Bonifacio
    Taguig
    Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, 2pm

    Total Price of MM Produce Basket: PHP851.40

    1. White Onions PHP 79.95/kilo
    2. Tomatoes PHP 59.95/kilo
    3. Garlic PHP 169.95/kilo
    4. Potatoes PHP 69.95/kilo
    5. Bananas PHP 44.95/kilo
    6. Carrots PHP 66.95/kilo
    7. Kalamansi PHP 39.95/kilo
    8. Baguio or Green Beans PHP 49.95/kilo
    9. Cabbage PHP 54.95/kilo
    10.Kalabasa PHP 19.95/kilo
    11.Pechay PHP 44.95/kilo
    12.Luya PHP 149.95/kilo

    Oct 4, 2010 | 4:03 pm

     
  33. Marketman says:

    Metro Grocery
    Market!Market!
    Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
    Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, 230pm

    Total Price of MM Produce Basket: PHP790

    1. White Onions PHP 67.00/kilo
    2. Tomatoes PHP 40.00/kilo
    3. Garlic PHP 180.00/kilo
    4. Potatoes PHP 62.00/kilo
    5. Bananas PHP 49.00/kilo
    6. Carrots PHP 71.00/kilo
    7. Kalamansi PHP 32.00/kilo
    8. Baguio or Green Beans PHP 37.00/kilo
    9. Cabbage PHP 52.00/kilo
    10.Kalabasa PHP 18.00/kilo
    11.Pechay PHP 35.00/kilo
    12.Luya PHP 147.00/kilo

    Oct 4, 2010 | 4:07 pm

     
  34. Marketman says:

    Landmark Grocery
    Ayala Center, Makati
    Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, 2pm

    Total Price of MM Produce Basket: PHP728

    1. White Onions PHP 68.75/kilo
    2. Tomatoes PHP 35.00/kilo
    3. Garlic PHP 146.25/kilo
    4. Potatoes PHP 61.25/kilo
    5. Bananas PHP 48.00/kilo
    6. Carrots PHP 68.75/kilo
    7. Kalamansi PHP 16.25/kilo
    8. Baguio or Green Beans PHP 31.25/kilo
    9. Cabbage PHP 72.50/kilo
    10.Kalabasa PHP 10.00/kilo
    11.Pechay PHP 45.00/kilo
    12.Luya PHP 125.00/kilo

    Wondering how I am doing 8 groceries in a day? I did 5 and a team of crew were sent to canvass 3 other groceries at the same time. :)

    Oct 4, 2010 | 4:13 pm

     
  35. Marketman says:

    SM Grocery
    Ayala Center, Makati
    Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, 230pm

    Total Price of MM Produce Basket: PHP693

    1. White Onions PHP 67.00/kilo
    2. Tomatoes PHP 42.00/kilo
    3. Garlic PHP 134.00/kilo
    4. Potatoes PHP 49.00/kilo
    5. Bananas PHP 48.00/kilo
    6. Carrots PHP 60.00/kilo
    7. Kalamansi PHP 20.00/kilo
    8. Baguio or Green Beans PHP 32.00/kilo
    9. Cabbage PHP 43.00/kilo
    10.Kalabasa PHP 15.00/kilo
    11.Pechay PHP 43.00/kilo
    12.Luya PHP 140.00/kilo

    Oct 4, 2010 | 4:21 pm

     
  36. Marketman says:

    Rustan’s
    Main Store, Ayala Mall
    Makati
    Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, 3pm

    Total Price of MM Produce Basket: PHP908

    1. White Onions PHP 90.00/kilo
    2. Tomatoes PHP 65.00/kilo
    3. Garlic PHP 178.00/kilo
    4. Potatoes PHP 79.00/kilo
    5. Bananas PHP 49.00/kilo
    6. Carrots PHP 65.00/kilo (small local, not imported at PHP120)
    7. Kalamansi PHP 35.00/kilo
    8. Baguio or Green Beans PHP 50.00/kilo
    9. Cabbage PHP 60.00/kilo
    10.Kalabasa PHP 27.00/kilo
    11.Pechay PHP 60.00/kilo
    12.Luya PHP 150.00/kilo

    Oct 4, 2010 | 4:29 pm

     
  37. Marketman says:

    Rustan’s
    San Antonio Arcade
    Forbes Park
    Makati
    Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, 5pm

    Total Price of MM Produce Basket: PHP948.55

    1. White Onions PHP 74.95/kilo
    2. Tomatoes PHP 79.95/kilo
    3. Garlic PHP 174.95/kilo
    4. Potatoes PHP 79.00/kilo
    5. Bananas PHP 55.00/kilo
    6. Carrots PHP 99.95/kilo (bigger local ones, no small ones)
    7. Kalamansi PHP 49.95/kilo
    8. Baguio or Green Beans PHP 49.95/kilo
    9. Cabbage PhP 55.00/kilo
    10.Kalabasa PhP 29.95/kilo
    11.Pechay PhP 49.95/kilo
    12.Luya PhP 149.95/kilo

    So Forbes IS more expensive than the main store, I mis-added in my first post on this, total figure is revised.

    But an interesting exchange occurred at Forbes. I held two identical looking packets of green baguio beans laid beside each other. One was labelled PHP49.95 a kilo, the other, at PHP156.00 a kilo. I asked a salesperson if this was a mistake, or if there was a difference between the two packets, and the first DUMB answer was “Kasi, ito label Rustan’s sila mayari, so PHP156 and price, pero yung isa hindi sa Rustan’s.” Pressed for a better answer, finally, someone else said the more expensive beans were “organic daw” and while I certainly agree organic produce should be commanding a higher price, one has to wonder if these are really organic, and if a 200+% premium is reasonable. Without any labelling, branding, or a guarantee of sorts, the two beans looked identical and who was to say that they weren’t? I would hate to think they did this intentionally, it is something I have noticed at their Rockwell branch as well. If not intentional, then it is unintentionally misleading. Folks who are in a hurry, careless, or stupid could end up buying beans at PHP156 a kilo even if they couldn’t care less if they were organic or not. So be careful when shopping at Rustan’s, and CHECK the LABELS carefully, you may end up spending hundreds of pesos more than you wanted to. And it wasn’t isolated, there were two prices for their napa cabbage as well, again without any different labeling for the vegetables at all. Tell me, how hard is it to put an “ORGANIC” sticker on the produce? Or a price tag that says “ORGANIC GREEN BEANS”??

    Oct 4, 2010 | 5:43 pm

     
  38. Artisan Chocolatier says:

    Metro Ayala
    Ayala Center CEBU
    Cebu City
    Monday 4 October 2010 6:45pm

    Total Price of MM Produce Basket: PHP837.00

    1. White Onions PHP 68.00/kilo
    2. Tomatoes PHP 50.00/kilo
    3. Garlic PHP 179.00/kilo
    4. Potatoes PHP 51.00/kilo
    5. Bananas PHP 35.00/kilo
    6. Carrots PHP 127.00/kilo
    7. Kalamansi PHP 32.00/kilo
    8. Baguio or Green Beans PHP 62.00/kilo
    9. Cabbage PhP 35.00/kilo
    10.Kalabasa PhP 14.00/kilo
    11.Pechay PhP 35.00/kilo
    12.Luya PhP 149.00/kilo

    Oct 4, 2010 | 8:44 pm

     
  39. Artisan Chocolatier says:

    Rustan’s Supermarket
    Ayala Center CEBU
    Cebu City
    Monday 4 October 2010 7:00pm

    Total Price of MM Produce Basket: PHP912.00

    1. White Onions PHP 89.00/kilo
    2. Tomatoes PHP 79.00/kilo
    3. Garlic PHP 193.00/kilo
    4. Potatoes PHP 59.00/kilo
    5. Bananas PHP 48.00/kilo
    6. Carrots PHP 112.00/kilo
    7. Kalamansi PHP 32.00/kilo
    8. Baguio or Green Beans PHP 59.00/kilo
    9. Cabbage PhP 45.00/kilo
    10.Kalabasa PhP 15.00/kilo
    11.Pechay PhP 42.00/kilo
    12.Luya PhP 139.00/kilo

    Oct 4, 2010 | 8:46 pm

     
  40. magy says:

    Hi-Top Supermarket
    Quezon Ave near Edsa
    Quezon City
    Monday, 4 Oct, 4pm

    Total price of MM Produce Basket : PHP 723.00

    white onion not avl red onions PHP 56/kl
    tomatoes PHP 35/kl
    garlic 162/kl
    potatoes 60/kl
    bananas 45/kl
    carrots 68/kl
    kalamansi 30/kl
    baguio beans 45/kl
    cabbage 42/kl
    kalabasa 20/kl
    pechay 60/kl
    ginger 100/kl

    Oct 4, 2010 | 8:56 pm

     
  41. Melissa says:

    Very very interesting. Thank you for this MM. You rock! I wonder why native garlic is so much more expensive than imported garlic though. Sad. So much for the locavore hype and eating stuff that leaves the least carbon footprint.

    Off topic, I don’t know why it appears that I’m from the US though, I’m based in Makati. =)

    Oct 4, 2010 | 10:06 pm

     
  42. Marketman says:

    Rustan’s
    Rockwell Mall
    Makati
    Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, 7pm

    Total Price of MM Produce Basket: PHP868.55

    1. White Onions PHP 74.95/kilo
    2. Tomatoes PHP 69.95/kilo
    3. Garlic PHP 174.95/kilo
    4. Potatoes PHP 79.95/kilo
    5. Bananas PHP 56.00/kilo
    6. Carrots PHP 66.95/kilo (small ones)
    7. Kalamansi PHP 49.95/kilo
    8. Baguio or Green Beans PHP 58.00/kilo
    9. Cabbage PHP 49.95/kilo
    10.Kalabasa PHP 28.95/kilo
    11.Pechay PHP 49.95/kilo
    12.Luya PHP 109.00/kilo

    Oct 4, 2010 | 10:24 pm

     
  43. Eileen says:

    MM, thanks so much for posting the prices of several Makati grocery stores! :) I do my weekly grocery in SM Makati. Although they have a wider selection of fresh produce and seafoods, I noticed that their other grocery items (juice, snacks, canned goods) are priced much higher than Landmark’s!

    Oct 4, 2010 | 10:40 pm

     
  44. zerho says:

    SM Dasmarinas
    Cavite
    Sunday October 3, 2010

    Total Price of Produce Basket : PHP 726.00

    1. White Onions PHP 65
    2. Tomatoes PHP 49
    3. Garlic PHP 140
    4. Potatoes PHP 52
    5. Bananas PHP 30
    6. Carrots PHP 63
    7. Kalamansi PHP 20
    8. Baguio or Green Beans 35
    9. Cabbage PHP 45
    10.Kalabasa PHP 17
    11.Pechay PHP 33
    12.Luya PHP 177

    The ginger were really expensive!

    Oct 5, 2010 | 9:52 am

     
  45. Kim says:

    SM Supermarket
    SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City
    Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, 7pm

    Total Price of MM Produce Basket: PHP 667.00-708.00

    1. White Onions PHP 64.00-67.00/kilo
    2. Tomatoes PHP 37.00-49.00/kilo
    3. Garlic PHP 134.00-147.00/kilo
    4. Potatoes PHP 49.00/kilo
    5. Bananas PHP 40.00-48.00/kilo
    6. Carrots PHP 60.00-63.00/kilo
    7. Kalamansi PHP 20.00/kilo
    8. Baguio Beans PHP 32.00/kilo
    9. Cabbage PHP 46.00/kilo
    10.Kalabasa PHP 15.00-17.00/kilo
    11.Pechay PHP 30.00/kilo
    12.Luya PHP 140.00/kilo

    Some of the items are offered from different farms, hence the price ranges.

    Oct 5, 2010 | 11:40 am

     
  46. den says:

    how odd no one has posted prices from shopwise! i’ll try to pass the grocery tomorrow. i’d include ever gotesco even, but i don’t think many others end up in my area. :)

    Oct 5, 2010 | 3:23 pm

     
  47. Grace says:

    Sangandaan Market
    Caloocan City
    Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010
    4:30 pm

    Total Price of Produce Basket: PHP600.00

    1. White Onions PHP 60.00/kilo
    2. Tomatoes PHP 30.00/kilo
    3. Garlic PHP 120.00/kilo
    4. Potatoes PHP 40.00/kilo
    5. Bananas PHP 35.00/kilo
    6. Carrots PHP 50.00/kilo
    7. Kalamansi PHP 25.00/kilo
    8. Baguio or Green Beans PHP 40.00/kilo
    9. Cabbage PhP 30.00/kilo
    10.Kalabasa PhP 20.00/kilo
    11.Pechay PhP 30.00/kilo
    12.Luya PhP 120.00/kilo

    Oct 5, 2010 | 7:06 pm

     
  48. Marketman says:

    Rustan’s (Fresh?)
    Spine Road, Laguna Technopark
    Sta. Rosa, Laguna
    Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010, 12noon

    Total Price of MM Produce Basket: PHP789.00

    1. White Onions PHP 75.00/kilo
    2. Tomatoes PHP 50.00/kilo
    3. Garlic PHP 170.00/kilo
    4. Potatoes PHP 65.00/kilo
    5. Bananas PHP 45.00/kilo
    6. Carrots PHP 75.00/kilo (small ones)
    7. Kalamansi PHP 30.00/kilo
    8. Baguio or Green Beans PHP 42.00/kilo
    9. Cabbage PHP 50.00/kilo
    10.Kalabasa PHP 27.00/kilo
    11.Pechay PHP 45.00/kilo
    12.Luya PHP 115.00/kilo

    Oct 5, 2010 | 9:21 pm

     
  49. Artisan Chocolatier says:

    SM Supermarket
    SM City CEBU
    Cebu City
    Tuesday 5 October 2010 5:00pm

    Total Price of MM Produce Basket: PHP789.00

    1. White Onions PHP 67.00/kilo
    2. Tomatoes PHP 30.00/kilo
    3. Garlic PHP 178.00/kilo
    4. Potatoes PHP 56.00/kilo
    5. Bananas PHP 40.00/kilo
    6. Carrots PHP 150.00/kilo
    7. Kalamansi PHP 40.00/kilo
    8. Baguio or Green Beans PHP 53.00/kilo
    9. Cabbage PhP 37.00/kilo
    10.Kalabasa PhP 23.00/kilo
    11.Pechay PhP 40.00/kilo
    12.Luya PhP 75.00/kilo

    Oct 5, 2010 | 9:23 pm

     
  50. Marketman says:

    Artisan, a huge thanks for doing 4 groceries in Cebu! I am sure all other readers in Cebu appreciate this… and look at those fluctuations across the city! Thanks too to all other readers who have posted prices! We have 30 markets and groceries so far, and hopefully a few more will trickle in this week… the results are fascinating, will have to summarize this in the next couple of days. Thanks.

    Oct 5, 2010 | 9:56 pm

     
  51. therese says:

    Robinsons Supermarket
    Robinson’s Place BACOLOD
    Bacolod City
    October 6, 2010 3:00PM

    Total Price of MM Produce Basket: PHP983.00

    1. White Onions PhP 115.00/kilo
    2. Tomatoes PhP 60.00/kilo
    3. Garlic PhP 165.00/kilo
    4. Potatoes PhP 80.00/kilo
    5. Bananas PhP48.00/kilo
    6. Carrots PhP 130.00/kilo
    7. Kalamansi PhP 50.00/kilo
    8. Baguio Beans PhP 50.00/kilo
    9. Cabbage PhP 60.00/kilo
    10.Kalabasa PhP 25.00/kilo
    11.Pechay PhP 80.00/kilo
    12.Luya PhP 120.00/kilo

    I didn’t realize Bacolod was expensive, even more expensive than Rustan’s Rockwell!

    Oct 8, 2010 | 2:34 pm

     
  52. Dee says:

    Hi MM, I shopped at Cash&Carry today. Most of the prices are still the same as what you have posted except for Ginger. It’s now P132/kg.

    Oct 9, 2010 | 6:05 pm

     
  53. greens_blossoms says:

    South Supermarket-Alabang
    Filinvest Ave. Filinvest Corporate City
    Alabang, Muntinlupa City
    Saturday, October 9, 2010, 6:40pm

    Total Price of MM Produce Basket : PHP682.00

    1. White Onions PHP84.00/kilo
    2. Tomatoes PHP30/kilo
    3. Garlic PHP145/kilo
    4. Potatoes PHP52/kilo
    5. Bananas PHP49/kilo
    6. Carrots PHP65/kilo
    7. Kalamansi PHP27/kilo
    8. Baguio Beans PHP43/kilo
    9. Cabbage PHP48/kilo
    10. Kalabasa PHP19/kilo
    11. Pechay PHP43/kilo
    12. Luya PHP77/kilo

    Oct 9, 2010 | 9:36 pm

     
  54. Marketman says:

    Carbon Market
    Cebu City
    Friday, October 8, 2010, afternoon

    Total Price of MM Produce Basket : PHP419.00

    1. White Onions PHP 55.00/kilo
    2. Tomatoes PHP 20.00/kilo
    3. Garlic PHP 110.00/kilo
    4. Potatoes PHP 38.00/kilo
    5. Bananas PHP 30.00/kilo
    6. Carrots PHP 20.00/kilo (small ones)
    7. Kalamansi PHP 30.00/kilo (by hundred pieces, approximate kilo?)
    8. Baguio or Green Beans PHP 30.00/kilo
    9. Cabbage PHP 18.00/kilo
    10.Kalabasa PHP 8.00/kilo
    11.Pechay PHP 30.00/kilo
    12.Luya PHP 30.00/kilo

    I sent “R” our regular buyer for the Carbon and asked him to canvass RETAIL prices out on the street, these are not yet WHOLESALE prices where you buy by the sack. The prices a stunningly low compared to Cebu City grocery stores, whose mark-ups are simply huge. This is the lowest priced market basket so far. While all prices seem lower than everywhere else, the VERY low price of ginger is what made the real difference. Contrary to popular lore, Cebu has terrific vegetables and vegetable prices…

    Oct 10, 2010 | 11:57 am

     
  55. myonebigtrip says:

    San Jose New Market
    Puerto Princesa, Palawan
    Sunday, October 10, 2010, morning

    Total Price of Produce Basket : PHP605.00

    1. White Onions PHP 70.00/kilo
    2. Tomatoes PHP 30.00/kilo
    3. Garlic PHP 120.00/kilo
    4. Potatoes PHP 60.00/kilo
    5. Bananas PHP 30.00/kilo
    6. Carrots PHP 60.00/kilo (small ones)
    7. Kalamansi PHP 40.00/kilo
    8. Baguio or Green Beans PHP 30.00/kilo
    9. Cabbage PHP 45.00/kilo
    10.Kalabasa PHP 10.00/kilo
    11.Pechay PHP 30.00/kilo
    12.Luya PHP 80.00/kilo

    Hmm?!

    Oct 11, 2010 | 2:46 pm

     
  56. marissewalangkaparis says:

    SHOPWISE LIBIS E.RODRIGUEZ Q’C

    TOTAL BASKET PRICE: P740.

    1. white onions–84
    2. tomatoes- 36
    3. garlic taiwan-148
    4.potatoes-52
    5. bananas- lakatan-56
    6. carrots- big -62
    7. kalamansi- 27
    8. baguio beans-39
    9. cabbage-35
    10. kalabasa-18
    11. pechay-45
    12. luya- 138

    Oct 11, 2010 | 7:23 pm

     
  57. myra_p says:

    SM Ayala Center
    Makati City
    Friday, October 15, 5pm

    Partial List, for whatever purpose it serves!

    1. White onions P73/kg.
    2. Tomatoes P34/kg.
    3. Taiwan garlic P134/kg.
    4. Poatatoes P49/kg.
    5. Bananas
    6. Carrots
    7. Kalamansi P20/kg.
    8. Baguio beans P40/kg.
    9. Cabbage (chinese) P32/kg.
    10. Squash P15/kg.
    11. Pechay
    12. Ginger

    13. Sitaw P38/kg.
    14. Talong P22/kg.
    15. Sayote P14/kg.

    I didn’t buy ginger because I still had some from Rustan’s Rockwell — P149.95/kg!!!

    Oct 15, 2010 | 9:43 pm

     
  58. pfab says:

    ROBINSON’S SUPERMARKET
    NEPO Mall, Dagupan City, Pangasinan
    Wednesday, 14 October 2010, 6:00pm

    Total price of Produce Basket: PHP 660

    (Price Per Kilo of Goods)
    1. White onions – P90.00
    2. Tomatoes – P45.00
    3. Garlic – P145.00
    4. Potatoes – P 53.00
    5. Banana – P48.00
    6. Carrots – P67.00
    7. Kalamansi – P28.00
    8. Baguio Beans – P55.00
    9. Kalabasa – P21.00
    10. Cabbage – P40.00
    11. Pechay – P75.00
    12. Ginger – P150.00

    Hope this helps residents in Dagupan City. I will try and get a list from CSI Supermarket.

    Oct 18, 2010 | 4:08 pm

     
 

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