Never before has the price of certain consumer goods in Algeria reached such a high. A new milestone has been reached: up to 40% price increase on certain consumer products!
Milk, jam, canned tomatoes, mineral water, soda, juice, butter, flour, legumes, cheese, semolina, dough, washing powder… no product escapes this unprecedented rise in prices.
The fruit and vegetable market is not spared either. Meat has long been out of the market and only ends up in the baskets of the rich. In terms of scarcity, table oil plays the Arlesian.
Hard hit for households
The purchasing power of citizens is undermined. The increases have been regular since December 2021, but this is downright awesome.
A bleeding that nothing seems to stop. We criss-crossed several convenience stores in Algiers. Everywhere the prices show price increases between 20 and 40%.
Abdelghani runs a general store near the Sacré Coeur in downtown Algiers.
” I have to adjust my labels regularly as prices change ‘ he confides. Inflation is global and, logically, does not stop at Algeria.
After the Covid pandemic, sea freight costs have skyrocketed. Plastic and aluminum prices have increased on the world market.
This directly affected the prices of the products, in particular due to the increase in packaging prices. For example, the 500g box of jam that was sold for 125 Algerian dinars is now advertised for 145 dinars.
A bottle of Coca Cola (2 liters) went up from 150 to 160 dinars, a pack of Candia milk powder (500 g) went up from 540 to 600 dinars, a box of cheese in portions went up from 190 to 220 dinars there.
” These outbreaks are all about what you see there on the shelves and in the display of my store ‘ he concludes.
Same story in every supermarket we’ve been to. Bottled water were also increased. The pack of six bottles of the brands Ifri, Saïda and Guedila is sold for 210 dinars instead of 190 dinars recently. For the Nestlé and Lala Khedidja brands, the pack price is 240 da. The rise in oil has led to an increase in the price of the PET bottle, which accounts for more than 60% of mineral water bottles in Algeria. PET bottles are imported.
The 500g canned tomato can went from 110 da to 140 da; the coffee pack (250 g) is indicated at 220 da. Yoghurts cost between 25 and 40 dinars per cup.
Flour experienced a jump in price from 55 to 90 da. The same applies to pasta, the price of which has increased from 55 to 100 days. Couscous is sold between 200 and 225 da, up from 150 da before.
Semolina, whey, margarine, butter and cheese suffer the same fate. For example, the Camembert Sidi Saâda, Le Fermier or Tassili costs 350 da today compared to 310 da a few weeks ago. Margarine experienced a price increase from 190 da to 210 da (500 g).
No product escapes inflation. The washing powder (pack of 350 g), which was sold at 70 da, will be exhibited between 90 and 95 da. Dishwashing detergent has also decreased: 180 there instead of the last 120 there. Cookies, chocolates, cakes, instant coffee, rice powder and brewer’s yeast now cost more. For example, the packet of rice powder ranges from 50 da to 70 da and baker’s yeast from 120 da to 165 da.
No slack on the market side either. Fruits and vegetables are unaffordable. Even so-called seasonal tomatoes and peppers are not affordable for every budget.
A look at the market price: tomatoes (120 da); peppers (180 da); green bean (200 da); carrot: 90 da; zucchini: 80 da; Potato: 80 da; Beet: 90 da, lettuce: 220 da, apple: 350 da, banana: 430 da, fig: 400 da… The eggs won the gold medal with 20 da each!
The prices for legumes border on the outrageous: lentils: 300 da per kilo, white beans: 250 da, chickpeas: 350 da… Parboiled rice costs: 170 da and 380 da for basmati. ” Legumes increased by 40 dinars per kilosays a trader in Draria.
Table oil cannot be found on the shelves of several stores. We visited a dozen stores and the same reaction everywhere” Ezzit Walou! (Oil, no!).
Consumer goods prices have exploded in recent months, further reducing household purchasing power. The start of the school year, scheduled for Wednesday September 21st, promises to be difficult for parents who have to face other major expenses: those for school supplies (books, notebooks, etc.), the prices of which have also skyrocketed.