Sainsburys salad bar pricing

March 2015 Update – Sainsburys Salad bar price increase!

It seems the prices have risen and the sizes have changed! Thanks for the updates (in the comments at the bottom of the page) from Susan, Mark and Jojo.

The sad news is, the small pot is no longer with us and prices have substantially increased.

Name Cost Old Cost Size ppm Old ppm Difference
Micro Pot  £1.49 99p 280ml 0.53p 0.35p 0.18p
51% Increase
Small Pot N/A £1.49 325ml N/A 0.45p N/A
Medium Pot £2.75 £1.99 500ml 0.55p 0.4p 0.15p
38% Increase
Large Pot £4.00 £2.99 980ml 0.41p 0.3p 0.11p
34% Increase

So the large pot is still most cost effective, and the medium takes the crown for worst value.

Details below are from January 2014

In what is certain to be the most important post of the year, we Ollie McFarlane and Stewart Doxey have investigated the sizes and costs of the Sainsburys salad bar.

Using science, the size of the salad pots were measured by filling them with water and seeing how many millilitres each pot size could hold. Using Stu’s abacus we can also get the per mill cost.

Name Cost Size Price per millilitre
Micro Pot  99p 280ml 0.35p
Small Pot £1.49 325ml 0.45p
Medium Pot £1.99 500ml 0.4p
Large Pot £2.99 980ml 0.3p

The shocking revelation is that the micro pot Large Pot is most cost effective, buy two micro pots not one medium!

We are currently looking for sponsorship to complete the investigation and test the large pot size.

Update: Funding has been received, and large pot added.


  1. says:

    January 9, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    This will literally change my life.

    Thanks to this, the most influencial article of it’s time, my buying two mini pots and gaining an extra 60ml of salad and 1p will forever change the course of my life.

    I hope you continue to push the limits of what is socially acceptable in the future and test the large pot size. Perhaps a Kickstarter project is in order?

  2. says:

    April 18, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    After careful scientific scrutinisation.. I find myself duty bound to the harrowing task of revealing the fact that your conclusions are incorrect!

    The micro pot, as cost effective as it is.. isn’t the most cost effective. It is in fact the large pot that holds claim to that glorious title.

    I have calculated it using foreach loops and if statements in my head which deduced that 0.3p/milliliter for the large pot is cheaper than 0.35p for the micro.

    • Ollie McFarlane says:

      April 18, 2014 at 2:30 pm

      How you are able to do such calculations in your head is beyond me.

      Due to limited funding, I only had the resources to add a new row onto the table, and not the correct the text underneath. Luckily I have been collecting door to door, and have now enough to use the strike through tool. Glorious.

  3. Blaz says:

    November 11, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Not to mention you can squeeze a bit more coronation chicken up the packaging lid insides in the medium and large pot.

  4. Dave says:

    January 27, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Are you going to revisit this based on the recent shocking news that prices have shot up and, wait for it, the small pot has been discontinued?? Disgraceful 🙁

  5. says:

    February 4, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Except that a medium pot is now £2.75!!! At least in Glasgow it woudl seem.
    The small pot has disappeared. The formerly small pot is now classed as medium & the only size below that is micro.

  6. Mark says:

    February 5, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Hold on!
    As of January 2015 Sainsbury’s have dropped the small pot from the range, and increased the other prices by a whopping 33% to 50%. The figures are now
    Micropot £1.49 (0.53 p/millilitre)
    Medium pot £2.75 (0.55)
    Large pot £4.00 (0.41)

    It’s a disgrace. the public should be told!!!

  7. Susan Grimes says:

    February 11, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    I’ve just bought a MINI (new word for the Micro Pot) pot today, 11/02/2015 and the price has risen by 50% to £1.50. I was horrified….and rang Sainsbury’s to find out what is going on. Evidently they feel that because they haven’t raised the price for many years (true) that the price rise is justified. Furthermore, they have discontinued the Small Pot completely. The price now for the Medium Pot is £2.75 and the Large Pot price is £4.00. Hmmm! So it is not cost effective to buy two Mini Pots any more although the price per ml is still slightly less at .53p for the Mini and .55p for the Medium. The Large is still the best value at .41p per ml.

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