I have read that Walmart carries organic foods so I decided to check out their organic milk prices at my local store in Lafayette, Colorado. I was shocked. The price of organic milk for both branded and store brand organic milk was far more expensive at Walmart than at the other local supermarkets in my area. Holy cow! What’s up with the pricing of organic milk at Walmart?
Here's a mini price comparison for Wednesday, April 6, 2011. Prices come from the Walmart and King Soopers in Lafayette, Colorado (zip code 80026) and from Whole Foods in Superior, Colorado (zip code 80027).
Horizon Dairy Organic Skim Milk
Walmart: $6.88/Gallon, $3.94/Half Gallon
Whole Foods: (doesn’t carry gallon), $2.89/Half Gallon
King Soopers/Kroger: $5.29/Gallon, $2.99/Half Gallon
Store Brand Organic Skim Milk
Walmart (Great Value): $6.18/Gallon, $3.22/Half Gallon
Whole Foods (365): $5.29/Gallon, $2.79/Half Gallon
King Soopers/Kroger: $4.69/Gallon, $2.69/Half Gallon
Wow – quite a difference in the price of organic milk. As you can see above, Walmart is significantly more expensive than both Whole Foods and King Soopers. Since milk is a pretty basic staple for most families, I find Walmart’s pricing very surprising considering all the hype about how great it is that they are offering organic food in their stores.
So, if you are on a limited income but still want to transition to organic milk, then don’t count on Walmart to give you the best price. They didn’t for me in Lafayette, Colorado!
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Katherine Isacks, Registered Dietitian, LLC