Texas’s Labor Day BBQ Competitive Price Report: Who Had This Years Lowest Prices?

BBQ Price Wars: Who Had This Years Lowest Prices in Central Texas?

With competitive pricing wars heating up, RW3 set off to find which grocer had the best prices this Labor Day and if last-minute shoppers are truly saving more. We decided to compare Texas' own H-E-B against the National EDLP leader Walmart.

Designing the Study

We carefully crafted RW3’s 2017 “Must Have BBQ Shopping List” which consists of 29 items aimed at feeding 30 adults and 10 kids. We collected each item's price the week prior to Labor Day (8/24) and the day just before Labor Day (8/31) at both grocers.

The Results

To our surprise, HEB and Walmart had very similar prices for many items and, on more than one occasion, the same price. Although close, HEB did have more lower prices each week resulting in the most savings: $323.59 compared to $346.49(Aug. 24) and $304.13 compared to $324.87 (Aug 31) respectively. Also, those last minute shoppers really do save, at HEB we saw a savings of $19.46, and at Walmart a savings of $21.62.


HEB Central Texas

Bold = Lowest Price | Italicized = Same Price As Competitor

UnitsItems24 – Aug31 – AugSavings
Condiments, Spices, Sauces  
4Romaine Lettuce$1.58$1.58
3Tomatoes On The Vine.97$1.48$-1.53 | 53%
4Yellow Onions0.780.78
5Seeded Hamburger Buns 6 ct.$1.76$1.73$.15 | 2%
4Hot Dog Buns 8 ct.$1.68.88$3.20 | 48%
4Private Brand Cheese Slices 8 oz.$2.69$2.50$.76 | 7%
2Stubbs BBQ Sauce 18 oz.$1.96$1.96
1Sweet baby Rays 40 oz.$2.78$2.98-$.20 | 7%
1Heinz Tomato Ketchup 32 oz.$2.88$2.88
1French’s Classic yellow 20 oz.$1.97$1.97
3Pace Salsa 24 oz.$2.68$2.68
1Lea & Perrins Worcestershire 10. 0z$3.98$3.98
1Hellman’s Mayo 11.5 oz.$2.98$2.98
Drinks
2Lone Star 24 pack$15.47$16.67-$2.40 | 8%
2Bud Light 18 Pack$19.97$15.67$8.60 | 22%
4Yellow Tail Wine 1.5 L$9.98$7.47$10.04 | 25%
3Coke/Pepsi 12 pack$4.00$3.34$1.98 | 17%
5Ozarka Spring Water 12 Minis$1.66$1.66
Meats & Foods
14Ground Beef 80% Lean$2.89$2.89
2Ball Park Franks 16 ct.$5.88$5.88
5Thin Chicken Breasts$3.49$3.99-$2.50 | 14%
3Tostitos Scoops 10 oz.$2.98$2.98
2Frito Flavor Mix Chip Bags 20 ct.$5.98$5.98
4Green Bell Pepper$.68$.68
4Red Bell Pepper$1.28$.99$1.16 | 23%
4Yellow Bell Pepper$1.28$1.28
35Fresh Corn$.17$.17
Other
1Kingsford Charcoal 15.4 lb.$8.94$8.94
1Reynolds Wrap Heavy Duty 130 ft.$8.89$8.69$.20 | 2%
Total Spent $323.59$304.13 $19.46 | 6%

 


WalMart Central Texas

Bold = Lowest Price | Italicized = Same Price As Competitor

UnitsItems24 – Aug31 – AugSavings
Condiments, Spices, Sauces  
4Romaine Lettuce$2.64$2.64
3Tomatoes On The Vine$.89$1.68-$2.37 | 89%
4Yellow Onions0.780.78
5Seeded Hamburger Buns 6 ct.$2.68$2.38$1.50 | 11%
4Hot Dog Buns 8 ct.$1.38$1.38
4Private Brand Cheese Slices 8 oz.$2.22$2.22
2Stubbs BBQ Sauce 18 oz.$2.48$2.48
1Sweet baby Rays 40 oz.$2.78$2.78
1Heinz Tomato Ketchup 32 oz.$2.22$2.88-$.66 | 30%
1French’s Classic yellow 20 oz.$1.97$1.97
3Pace Salsa 24 oz.$2.68$2.68
1Lea & Perrins Worcestershire 10 oz.$3.98$3.98
1Hellman’s Mayo 11.5 oz.$2.98$2.98
Drinks
2Lone Star 24 pack$15.92$15.92
2Bud Light 18 Pack$19.98$15.98$8.00 | 20%
4Yellow Tail Wine 1.5 L$9.98$8.98$4.00 | 10%
3Coke/Pepsi 12 pack$4.68$4.68
5Ozarka Spring Water 12 Minis$2.16$2.16
Meats & Foods
14Ground Beef 80% Lean$3.77$3.77
2Ball Park Franks 16 ct.$5.88$5.88
5Thin Chicken Breasts$3.73$1.99$8.70 | 47%
3Tostitos Scoops 10 oz.$2.98$2.98
2Frito Flavor Mix Chip bags 20 ct.$5.98$5.98
4Green Bell Pepper$.68$.68
4Red Bell Pepper$1.28$1.28
4Yellow Bell Pepper$1.28$1.28
35Fresh Corn$.25$.18$2.45 | 28%
Other
1Kingsford Charcoal 20.lb$9.96$9.96
1Reynolds Wrap Heavy Duty 125ft.$8.37$8.37
Total Spent $346.49$324.87$21.62 | 6% 

 

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Seth Nagle, Senior Marketing Manager at RW3 Technologies understands the power of innovation but also its limitations. Attending Salve Regina in New England, starting his career in Silicon Valley, and now living in Austin, Texas; Seth provides a unique tech perspective to a complex CPG and Retail Grocery Industry that is in constant disruption.