Never before has the increase in prices of some consumer goods reached such a high in Algeria. A new milestone has been reached: up to 40% increase in some consumer products!
Milk, jam, canned tomatoes, mineral water, soda, juice, butter, flour, pulse, cheese, semolina, dough, washing powder… no product can escape this unprecedented price increase.
The fruit and vegetable market is also unavoidable. Meats have long been out of the running, only landing in the basket of the rich. In terms of scarcity, table oil plays in Arlesian.
Heavy blow for households
The purchasing power of citizens has been eroded. The increases, there are regular ones since December 2021 but this is the absolute explosion.
A bleeding that seems to be unstoppable. We criss-crossed several convenience stores in Algiers. Everywhere prices show an increase oscillating between 20 and 40%.
Abdelghani runs a general food store not far from Sacré Coeur in downtown Algiers.
” I have to constantly adjust my labels to change the prices “, he confessed. Inflation is global and logically does not exclude Algeria.
After the Covid pandemic, the cost of sea freight has increased. In the world market the prices of plastic and aluminum have increased.
This has a direct impact on the prices of products, especially due to the increase in packaging prices. For example, the jam box of 500 grs sold for 125 Algerian dinars is now shown for 145 dinars.
The bottle of Coca cola (2 liters) went from 150 to 160 dinars, the package of powdered milk Candia (500 grs) saw its price increase from 540 dinars to 600 dinars, the box of cheese in parts from 190 to 220 da.
” These outbreaks are about what you see on the shelves and on display in my store “, he concluded.
It was the same story in all the supermarkets we went to. Mineral water has also increased. The package of six bottles of Ifri, Saïda and Guedila brand is sold for 210 dinars instead of 190 dinars recently. For Nestlé and Lala Khedidja brands, the price of the pack is 240 da. The rise in oil has caused the price of PET bottles to rise, which represents more than 60% of mineral water bottles in Algeria. PET bottles are imported.
500 g canned tomatoes can be from 110 da to 140 da; the package of coffee (250 grs) is shown at 220 da. Yogurts cost between 25 and 40 dinars a pot.
Flour jumped in its price from 55 to 90 days. Ditto for pasta, its price increased from 55 to 100 days. Couscous is sold between 200 and 225 da against 150 da before.
Semolina, whey, margarine, butter and cheese met the same fate. For example, Camembert Sidi Saâda, Le Fermier or Tassili now costs 350 da against 310 da a few weeks ago. Margarine saw its price increase from 190 da to 210 da (500 g).
No product can escape inflation. Washing powder (package of 350 gr) sold for 70 days is shown between 90 and 95 days. Dishwashing liquid is also taken: 180 da instead of 120 da recently. Cookies, chocolates, flans, soluble coffee, rice powder and brewer’s yeast are more expensive now. For example: rice powder package from 50 da to 70 da and baker’s yeast from 120 da to 165 da.
On the market side, there is no lull either. Fruits and vegetables cannot be bought. Even the so-called seasonal tomatoes and peppers are beyond the reach of any wallet.
Looking at the market price: tomatoes (120 da); bell pepper (180 days); green beans (200 days); carrot: 90 days; zucchini: 80 days; potatoes: 80 days; turnips: 90 days, lettuce: 220 days, apples: 350 days, bananas: 430 days, figs: 400 days… Eggs win the gold medal with 20 days each!
The prices of pulses border on insolence: lentils: 300 da per kilo, white beans: 250 da, chickpeas: 350 da… Parboiled rice costs: 170 da and 380 da for Basmati. ” Pulses increased by 40 dinars per kilo“said a businessman in Draria.
As for table oil, it cannot be found on the shelves of many stores. We visited a dozen stores and everywhere the same answer” E’zzit Walou! (Lantika, niet!).
Prices of consumer goods have exploded in recent months, further reducing household purchasing power. The start of the school year, scheduled for Wednesday, September 21, promises to be difficult for parents to face other major expenses: school supplies (books, notebooks, etc.) whose prices have also increased.