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Shopping for food in Australia

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Most Australians buy their groceries at the two main supermarkets: Woolworths and Coles.

Smaller players like the German chain Aldi, with it's 'homebrand' products, have created more option in the grocery sector.  The huge American chain Costco Wholesale, which sells in bulk and family-sized amounts, has also started to operate. Though there are few centres open yet, Costco is expected to become a major player in grocery sales.

Rewards programs

There is a high level of competition between supermarkets in Australia so it is worthwhile for customers to sign up for loyalty programs such as Everyday Rewards  (Woolworths) and Fly Buys (Coles).

Online shopping

In addition, both Coles and Woolworths offer online shopping and delivery - very convenient if you do not have a car, or if have young children at home.

Other grocery shopping options

Small, family-owned local shops offer a variety of ethnic foods and organic/locally grown foods, but tend to be more expensive.

Farmers markets are a great option for fresh produce. Some, such as Paddy's Market in Sydney, are permanent, while others pop up for weekend shopping in many suburbs throughout the country. Check your local newspaper for times and dates.

Generally, in every Australian neighbourhood there is a convenience store, such as '7-11'. They usually open early in the morning and close late at night, so are useful if you need bread, milk, or an emergency chocolate bar. Some are open 24 hours a day. However, these shops do not offer much variety, and are more expensive than supermarkets. Some petrol (gas) stations have small supermarkets attached.