Still with Waitrose the market leader amongst supermarkets, and both have certainly raised general standards of the middle ground. Their comprehensive range of organic and fair-traded goods, and the introduction of some locally-produced products, springs to mind.
However, they still rarely sell the very best of anything - the powers that be, would probably blame continuity of supply as their excuse.
While fish on their seafood stalls has, more often than not, recently been thawed from the freezer - and only close scrutiny (or an enquiry) will tell you if it can be frozen (rather than re-frozen) at home.
Likewise, like most supermarket chains, their claims about the length of time meat is hung for, depends on the way it is hung - and the breeds of chickens offered is as important as the label on their feed - or whether they are free-range. If you've ever tried a 'Sasso' chicken you'll know what we mean.
Some of their 'Taste the Difference' items are good, but no better than should be expected from a good grocer. So is their expanding range in their 'Specialist' section, consisting of good (not excellent) quality oil and luxury items.
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