Croatian food prices increase, some products 100% more expensive



August 7, 2021 – Croatian food prices have been steadily increasing, and some basic items and ingredients that everyone regularly buys and have in the kitchen cupboards have gone up by 100%.

Like Poslovni Dnevnik writes, key foods and common ingredients such as grains and oilseeds have increased significantly in recent times, and their prices in Croatia are currently 20 to 100 percent higher than a year ago, according to the weekly indicators from the Ministry of Agriculture.

Since grains and oils are an integral part of many food products, experts fear that their fall prices hike will trigger a number of subsequent Croatian food price hikes in many stores, which could put endangering the standard of living of the residents of the country.

For example, in the week ending August 1, a kilogram of wholesale wheat cost 1.4 kuna, which is 21 percent more than at the end of July last year. Maize is currently sold for 1.63 kuna per kilogram, which means it is 42% more expensive than it was just 12 months ago.

This is the highest wholesale maize price recorded in Croatia over the past seven years, recently noted Tugomir Majdak, State Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture.

The price of barley jumped 28%. Sunflower seed flour, which sold for 2.8 kuna per kilo in the spring, has actually gotten cheaper in recent weeks, but it’s still 27.5% more expensive than last year. The price of soybeans has increased by around 100 percent in one year, while rapeseed oil has increased by 53 percent at the same time, Novi’s List writing.

Consumers were surprised when they recently noticed that the price of a liter of oil had dropped from 11 kuna to 16 kuna overnight, signaling legitimate concerns about the rise in Croatian food prices, all the more that this is one of the main concerns people have about Croatia joining the eurozone.

However, it must be said that other food products have not become significantly more expensive, as it often takes several months for retailers to run out and put new, more expensive batches of food obtained from producers on their shelves.

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