ISET

The average cost of cooking one standard Imeretian khachapuri in April 2019 was 3.47 GEL, and the Index lost 1.3% compared to the previous month (March 2019). Such a decrease was in line with an expected seasonal declining trend, which is largely driven by a springtime adjustment to the price of milk and milk products.

Nevertheless, in annual terms (compared to April 2018), the Index actually increased by 5.5%. The reason behind this might well be the Easter effect. This year, the religious holiday was celebrated at the end of the April in Georgia. There is typically greater demand for cheese and milk products during the week prior to Easter. Thus, this increased demand during the prior week directly affects the price of cheese, the main contributor to inflation in the Khachapuri Index. Consequently, in April 2019, the price of cheese increased by 9.5%, compared to the same month of last year, while the price of flour and milk also increased by 7.6% and 1.7%, respectively.

In March 2019, the national average cost of cooking one standard Imeretian khachapuri fell to 3.51 GEL, which is 0.8% lower month-over-month (since February 2019), however it is also 1.1% lower year-over-year (in comparison to March 2018). The main contributors to the MoM deflation within the Khachapuri Index were cheese down by 1.9%, milk by 0.8%, and butter by 1.3%.

For those earning foreign currency, Khachapuri Index prices appear cheaper due to GEL depreciation (MoM and YoY), relative to the USD and EUR over the last month. In March 2019, the GEL/USD exchange rate reached 2.68, 0.24 points higher than the previous year (March 2018). Therefore, the Khachapuri Index lost value in terms of USD, losing 1.9% MoM and 10.0% YoY. The situation appears similar for the monthly price fluctuations expressed in Euro, where the cost of khachapuri, is down by 1.6% MoM and 1.9% YoY.

In March 2019, the average cost of cooking one standard Imeretian khachapuri declined slightly to 3.51 GEL, which is 0.8% lower MoM (compared to February 2019), and 1.1% lower YoY (compared to March 2018).

Generally, at this time of the year (beginning as early as February), we observe a seasonal reduction in the price of khachapuri, driven by the recurrent decline in the price of milk. According to the Khachapuri Index data, the price of milk and the amount of milk produced declined compared to last month. While the price of cheese, 7.70 GEL per kg in March 2019, is 1.9% less than in February. The price of milk and butter also declined compared to last month, by 0.8% and 1.3%, respectively.

The average cost of cooking one standard Imeretian Khachapuri in the second month of 2019 decreased to 3.54 GEL, 2.2% lower month-on-month (in comparison to the previous month), and 3.5% lower year-on-year (compared to the same month of last year).

The Khachapuri Index is driven primarily by the price of cheese, the main ingredient in khachapuri. In February 2019, the cheese price declined in almost all large Georgian cities, relative to the same month of last year. The highest yearly price decrease (13.5%) of Imeretian cheese was recorded in the capital, Tbilisi. For Khachapuri lovers, Telavi is currently the most expensive city, with Tbilisi taking second place.

Our Partners