Carrots in the UK
In this graph we present aspects of the carrots production and trade in the UK. There is also a section on nutrition data about raw carrots.
Like the graph that we presented about potatoes, the graph is divided in three sections:
Some basic nutrition data are presented for raw carrots. Interestingly, the consumption of a single carrot (of any size) per day is enough to cover the needs of the human body in vitamin A (according to US Recommended Daily Allowance). More than 88gr per 100 (88%) of a carrot is water!
B. Production and Supply in the UK
There are several growers of carrots in the UK and they can provide carrots almost throughout the year; in fact in 2007, 95.7% of the UK carrots’ supply was home production marketed. There is a number of Chantenay variety growers and some producers grow carrots organically.
During our basic ‘field’ research we also found carrots imported from France, Israel, Spain and Italy.
C. Price of carrots
We have compared the prices of seven (7) ‘high street’ grocers and (for comparison) Abel & Cole, an online trader of (mainly) organic food.
The date of our research (‘field’ and on-line) was the 17th of June, 2010. We visited grocers in Brixton (Iceland, Lidl, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s & TESCO), Old Kent Road (ASDA) and Balham (Waitrose).
59p per Kilogram was the lowest price (Lidl-Class I & Tesco-Class II, both in 1 Kg packs). [For your information, ASDA feature on their website a pack of 2 kg of carrots for £1 (i.e. 50p per kg) which is a lower price (per kg) than Lidl’s and Tesco’s 59p. However, the Old Kent Road ASDA that we visited (twice for this particular reason) did not have any of those packs at any point. In the end we asked the people who work there and they informed us that they (ASDA at Old Kent Road) don’t offer them there.]
If it is useful (for comparison), the day before that (16 June 2010) the price of carrots (Loose) at Gyzi street market in Athens, Greece was 1 Euro per Kg; rather expensive (no matter that in street markets you can normally get the freshest produce possible) if you consider that the price (online) of loose carrots at Carrefour supermarket was 0.41 Euro.
TABLE of grocers examined and types of carrots sold
|Grocer||Product||Origin||Package||Total Price||Price per Kg||Display until|
|LIDL||OAKLANDS British Carrots, Class I||Moray, Scotland, UK||1Kg||59p||59p|
|LIDL||Organic carrots, Class II||Spain||750gr||96p||£1.28|
|TESCO||Value carrots, 10-50mm, Class II||UK||1Kg||59p||59p||18/06/2010|
|TESCO||Carrots, Loose, Class I||UK||–||–||77p|
|TESCO||Carrots, Chantenay (variety)
||UK, Alan Bartlett and sons||500gr||75p||£1.50||19/06/2010|
|TESCO||Carrots, Class I, 20-42mm||UK||1.2Kg||£1.00
or 2 for £1.70
|ICELAND||Carrots, 20-40mm, Class I||France||750gr||75p||£1.00||20/06/2010|
|SAINSBURY’S||Carrots||France, P. Charpentier||500gr||50p||£1.00||18/06/2010|
|SAINSBURY’S*||Carrots, Loose, 30-45mm, Nairobi (variety)
||Fife, Scotland, UK||77p|
|SAINSBURY’S*||Carrots, Organic||Spain, A. R. Cabello||750gr||£1.02||£1.36||21/06/2010|
|M&S||Carrots, Organic, Class I||Israel||600gr||99p||£1.65||22/06/2010|
|M&S||Carrots, 25-35mm, Class I||Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, G. Jamieson||500gr||50p||£1.00||23/06/2010|
|M&S||Carrots, Loose, Class I||Scotland, UK||77p||21/06/2010|
|Waitrose||Carrots, Loose, Organic||Spain||£1.69||23/06/2010|
|Waitrose||Carrots, bunch (Almost like the baby carrots of ASDA, but larger)
|Waitrose||Carrots, Chantenay (variety)
|Waitrose||Carrots, Large, Class I, Chantenay (variety)
|ASDA||Carrots, 20-40mm, Class I||France||1kg||98p||98p||19/06/2010|
|ASDA||Carrots, Organic, 20-45mm, Class II||Israel||750gr||96p||£1.28||19/06/2010|
|ASDA||Carrots, 20-35mm, Class I, Chantenay (variety)
|ASDA||Carrots, Baby, 10-20mm, Class I||UK, M.H.Poskitt||150gr||£1.27||£8.47||20/06/2010|
|Abel & Cole||Carrots, Organic, Class II (minimum)||Italy||500gr||75p||£1.50|
*Sainsbury’s: Holborn branch, 18 June 2010
Nicholas Primentas (for providing prices from Athens, Greece)
|If you found this post interesting, why not have a look at our post about Potatoes in the UK|