The average cost of cooking one standard portion of Imeretian Khachapuri stood at 3.54 GEL in February 2019. This is 2.2% lower MoM (compared to January 2019), and 3.5% lower YoY (in comparison to February of 2018). The index having a downward trend at this time of the year is not unusual, and chiefly relates to the decreasing price of cheese (due to a higher supply of fresh milk).

The price of all khachapuri ingredients, except milk, declined this February (compared to January 2019): cheese went down by 3.4%, flour by 1.0%, eggs 7.4%, yeast 3.2%, and butter decreased by 1.0%. However, the price of milk shifted up slightly by 0.3%. The results from our data are in line with the Georgian dairy figures, although for February 2019, they report an increase of milk prices by 0.9%, compared to the previous month.

In January 2019, the cost of cooking one standard Imeretian khachapuri decreased comparatively both annual and monthly, ranging between 3.56 GEL (Tbilisi) and 3.70 GEL (Kutaisi), with an average cost of 3.62 GEL. The new average price is 2.5% lower than in January 2018. As for the month-to-month development, the price of khachapuri is 3.5% lower compared to the previous month (December 2018).

The main ingredient in khachapuri is Imeretian cheese, and naturally, its price is the main driver behind fluctuations, and thus has recently pushed prices down. However, in January 2019, the price of flour increased by 1.1% month-on-month (compared to December 2018), and by 7.1% year-on-year (compared to January 2018). It is important to note that we only observe the price of high-quality wheat flour within four Georgian cities.

The average cost of cooking one standard Imeretian khachapuri in the first month of this year is 3.62 GEL, which is 3.2% lower – m onth-on-month (compared to the previous month), and 2.5% lower year-on-year (from January 2018).

In January 2019, the Kh-Index data can reveal that Batumi is leading in terms of price, where the cost of cooking an Imeretian khachapuri stands at 3.70 GEL. Telavi takes the second place at 3.61 GEL. While, Tbilisi and Kutaisi follow closely with 3.56 GEL and 3.60 GEL, respectively. The price variation between the most expensive city (Batumi) and the cheapest (Tbilisi) is only 0.14 GEL- hardly a significant difference.

The New Year is approaching, and every Georgian family is already preparing for this festive event. And so is the ISET-Policy Institute. We are keeping with our tradition and cooking up a special edition of the Khachapuri Index for our readers: a “New Year’s Supra Index”. This Index shows the cost (in GEL) of a standard supra meal for a family of 5-6 people in each of Georgia’s regions. Our supra includes traditional dishes such as khachapuri, mtsvadi, satsivi, trout, fried chicken, salad Olivier, pkhali, cucumber & tomato salad, and – for dessert–gozinaki and fruit.

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