Never had the rise in the prices of certain consumer products reached such a peak in Algeria. A new milestone has been reached: up to 40% increase on certain consumer products!
Milk, jam, canned tomato, mineral water, soda, juice, butter, flour, pulses, cheese, semolina, dough, washing powder… no product escapes this unprecedented surge in prices.
The fruit and vegetable market is not spared either. Meats have been out of the running for a long time, only landing in the basket of the wealthy. In terms of shortages, table oil plays the Arlesian.
Hard blow for households
The purchasing power of citizens is undermined. The increases, there have been regular ones since December 2021 but this is downright the blow.
A haemorrhage that nothing seems to stem. We criss-crossed several convenience stores in Algiers. Everywhere prices show increases oscillating between 20 and 40%.
Abdelghani runs a general food store not far from the Sacré Coeur in downtown Algiers.
” I have to readjust my labels regularly so much the prices change “, he confides. Inflation is global and logically does not spare Algeria.
After the Covid pandemic, sea freight costs skyrocketed. On the world market the prices of plastic and aluminum have increased.
This had a direct impact on the prices of the products, in particular because of the increase in the prices of packaging. For example, the box of jam of 500 grs which was sold at 125 Algerian dinars is displayed today at 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 go up from 540 dinars to 600 dinars, the box of cheese in portions went from 190 da to 220 da.
” These outbreaks are all about what you see there on the shelves and in the display of my store “, he concludes.
Same story in all the supermarkets where we went. Mineral waters have also been increased. The pack of six bottles of the Ifri, Saïda and Guedila brand sells for 210 dinars instead of 190 dinars recently. For the Nestlé and Lala Khedidja brands, the price of the pack is 240 da. The rise in oil has caused an increase in the price of the PET bottle, which represents more than 60% of the mineral water bottle in Algeria. PET bottles are imported.
The 500 g canned tomato can went from 110 da to 140 da; the packet of coffee (250 grs) is displayed at 220 da. Yogurts cost between 25 and 40 dinars a pot.
Flour saw its price jump from 55 da to 90 da. Ditto for pasta, the price of which has risen from 55 da to 100 da. Couscous is sold between 200 and 225 da against 150 da previously.
Semolina, whey, margarine, butter and cheese meet the same fate. For example, the Camembert Sidi Saâda, Le Fermier or Tassili today cost 350 da against 310 da a few weeks ago. Margarine saw its price climb from 190 da to 210 da (500 g).
No product escapes inflation. The washing powder (package of 350 gr) which was sold at 70 da is displayed between 90 and 95 da. Dishwashing liquid has also taken off: 180 da instead of 120 da recently. Cookies, chocolates, flans, soluble coffee, rice powder and brewer’s yeast cost more now. Example: the package of rice powder goes from 50 da to 70 da and baker’s yeast from 120 da to 165 da.
On the market side, no lull either. Fruits and vegetables are unaffordable. Even so-called seasonal tomatoes and peppers are not within the reach of just any purse.
A look at the market price: tomatoes (120 da); bell pepper (180 da); green bean (200 da); carrot: 90 da; zucchini: 80 da; potato: 80 da; turnip: 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 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“says a trader in Draria.
As for table oil, it cannot be found on the shelves of several shops. We visited a dozen shops and everywhere the same response “ E’zzit Walou! (Oil, niet!).
The prices of consumer products have exploded in recent months, further reducing household purchasing power. The start of the school year, which is set for Wednesday, September 21, promises to be difficult for parents who will have to face other big expenses: that of school supplies (books, notebooks, etc.) whose prices have also skyrocketed.