Comparing Cream Prices

To clarify, prices for one pint, or 16 ounces, of Hood Heavy Cream are as follows:

Market Basket Hood Heavy Cream – $2.19

Stop and Shop Hood Heavy Cream  – $2.39

Shaws Hood Heavy Cream  –               $3.69

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I did not have time this morning to compare the individual store’s in-house brands of cream however, when I was passing through the produce department at Market Basket, their price of a box of the brand Darling Clementines caught my eye.  Currently, as of today, the price of Darling Clementines is 2.00 higher at Market Basket than at Stop and Shop. When I ran into Stop and Shop the day before Christmas to purchase heavy cream and Clementines my total came to Hood 16 oz. heavy cream, 2.39 + Darling Clementines, 3.99 = $6.38. If I had run into Market Basket for the exact same items the cost would have been Hood 16 0z. heavy cream, 2.19 + Darling Clementines, 5.99 = 8.18. Total savings to our household by shopping at Stop and Shop = $1.80.

I find both Stop and Shop and Market Baskets prices competitive and that we all have the potential to benefit from competition between the two markets.

12 comments

  • probably more expensive than MB or Stop & Shop, but without the thickeners and additives, which I think leave an aftertaste:
    High Lawn Farm Heavy Cream, available at Crosby’s in Manchester- it’s a treat
    Made in Lenox from the milk of Jersey cows

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  • High Lawn Farm Heavy Cream is so delicious–I had only seen it at Whole Foods–thank you for sharing where to purchase locally!!

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  • Thanks for the good info. Never heard of High Lawn Farm Heavy Cream but I will definitely have to try it. And thanks for the price comparisons. Quite helpful. I don’t have time to make these comparisons so I greatly appreciate hearing them from you. It’s quite amazing how the prices for the same product can differ so much from store to store.

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  • I’ll definitely try the high lawn cream – thank you for the tip!

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  • I live in Danvers and find the prices at Market Basket beat Stop & Shop every time. Because S&S is more convenient for me I occasionally visit to rechech the prices and at least here in Danvers it is no contest.

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  • Butterfat prices always spike at Christmas. And grocery store pricing is always done based on a bet on what dollar value matters most to you: basic things on your list, priced too high, will send you shopping elsewhere…is cream a decider for you?
    I especially enjoyed that perceived savings of shopping Special Basket is unmasked! Now, just add in the medical bills from eating chemical & hormone laden heavy cream instead of grass fed certified organic cream and you’ll see the value in the products that aren’t even on that table: Kimball Brook (Vermont) and High Lawn (Western MA) among them.

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    • Is this Pat from Common Crow? If so, do you stock Kimball Brook and High Lawn Farm cream at Common Crow? Let us know; I would love to let the GMG readership know that you do.

      Hood claims on their product descriptions on their website that they only obtain milk from farmers who pledge not to use the growth hormones rBST, but I find it questionable as there is no mention of this on the actual product. I wonder if this is a way to sound conscionable, but in actuality, not really.

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      • I totally wanna do a coffee taste test with Market Basket half and half the real stuff from Common Crow

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      • Yes, it’s Crow Pat :)
        We stock Kimball Brook and the supremely excellent Butterworks which are both certified organic, grass fed and from Vermont. The prices are higher and I won’t make apologies for it, though I do my best to make it worth trying. Milk prices in organic are a little bit fairer to the farmers. It’s my guess most folks don’t know what all milk really should cost – organic or not – to pay the farmers back for what they spent to make it. Discount pricing saves you money but costs the farmers. Like fishing, dairy production seems to be a business with could be regulated to death, and consumers would never know.
        Hood has joined the rBST pledge. But that’s not the only hormone input out there.
        Dairy farmers have told me it isn’t worth while to use anyway. Use of rBST shortens the lives of very expensive dairy cows and makes them vulnerable to many medical conditions. The balance sheet of any farmer will tell you they want a lot of healthy milking years rather than high short term production and very expensive vet bills.
        If you’ve read this far into my rant, you might be interested in the Cornucopia Institute’s Dairy scorecard and report on dairy farming at http://www.cornucopia.org. Have a look.

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  • I didn’t take your response as a rant and thank you for providing all this great information; especially valuable as it comes from a trusted and knowledgeable local source such as your self. I look forward to reading the scorecard when I return from work later today. Many thanks Pat for taking the time to write.

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