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In April 2018, the average cost of cooking one standard Imeretian khachapuri declined to 3.29 GEL, which is 7.4% lower month-on-month (that is, compared to March 2018), and 1.0% lower year-on-year (compared to April 2017).

The Khachapuri Index has dropped for all cities in Georgia in April 2018, compared to last month (March 2018). This decreasing trend of Index for all cities has been observed since January 2018. The price decline was greatest in Kutaisi. In April 2018, the average cost of cooking Khachapuri is 2.9 GEL in Kutaisi, which is 17.8% lower compared to March 2018. Moreover, the average Khachapuri Index for all cities is 14% higher than the Index for Kutaisi.

In March 2018, the average cost of cooking one standard Imeretian khachapuri declined to 3.55 GEL, which is 3.2% lower month-on-month (that is, compared to February 2018), and 4.2% higher year-on-year (compared to March 2017).

The monthly (negative) change in the Index follows the traditional seasonal trend for fresh milk production, which gradually starts to decline in January and February. Compared to March 2018, prices decreased for milk and all dairy products (Milk 1.3%, Cheese 5.4%, butter 0.1%) used in cooking khachapuri. In addition, the price of an egg decreased by 0.4% m/m, and the price of wheat declined by 0.1% m/m.

In March 2018, the average cost of cooking one standard Imeretian khachapuri declined to 3.55 GEL, which is 3.2% lower month-on-month (that is compared to February 2018), and 4.2% higher year-on-year (compared to March 2017).

The price of khachapuri has dropped in monthly terms (compared to February 2018) in all Georgian cities. At 3.41 GEL, Telavi has seen the largest drop in the Index (-4.7%), followed by Tbilisi (3.73GEL), which dropped by 4%. Batumi (3.53 GEL) and Kutaisi (3.52 GEL) experienced declines of 1.5% and 2.7%, respectively.

In February 2018, the Khachapuri Index continued its downward trend and dropped to 3.67 GEL. This is 1.2% lower compared to the previous month (January 2018) and 0.3% higher compared to February 2017 (y/y). The main contributors to y/y Khachapuri Index inflation were butter (4.1%), milk (1.7%), and cheese (0.7%), while the price of eggs and wheat dropped (-3.3% and -2.5%, respectively).

Milk and milk product are only drivers of the Khachapuri Index increase in yearly terms. As we have explained in our Food Price Index publication, the reason might be that export of bovine animals increased in 2017. Accordingly, it is not surprising that milk production decreased. According to Geostat preliminary numbers, production of fresh milk has gone down by 7.07%. The lower supply has led to increased prices in milk and milk products. However, there is a growing interest in the dairy sector in Georgia, and hopefully soon we will overcome this milk shortage.

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