Khachapuri Index
Inspired by the Big Mac Index of the Economist magazine, the ISET Khachapuri index tracks inflation by using the most popular Georgian food, the Khachapuri. As opposed to other inflation indices relying on a complex basket of consumer goods the ISET Khachapuri index uses a basket for calculating inf
lation that includes only those ingredients that are needed to cook one Imeretian khachapuri – flour, cheese, yeast, milk, eggs, and butter. It also includes energy costs – gas and electricity.
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April 20, 2015 Kh-Index | Khachapuri index feeling the heat of lari depreciation
20 April 2015

If we take a more detailed look at the prices of Kh-Index ingredients (see graph), the main contributors to y/y Khachapuri index deflation in March were cheese (-12%) and eggs (-1%). All other ingredients increased in price: flour (11%), yeast (21%), butter (6%), and milk (12%). As can be easily seen, prices fell y/y for locally-produced goods (eggs and cheese, made of fresh milk); prices went up y/y for goods that are imported (yeast and butter) or use imported intermediate inputs in their production (flour and milk).

April 20, 2015 Kh-Index | What's wrong with kutaisi?
20 April 2015

As often discussed on this page, the seasonal dynamics of the Khachapuri Index are mainly driven by extremely sharp fluctuations in the supply of fresh milk, which directly affects the prices of traditional dairy products such as Imeretian cheese. However, these seasonal fluctuations in the price of cheese are consistently sharper in Kutaisi than anywhere else in Georgia.

March 30, 2015 Kh-Index | Khachapuri index continues along its downward sloping trajectory
30 March 2015

Khachapuri index kept declining in March with the average cost of cooking one standard Imeretian Khachapuri reaching 3.15 GEL. This is 7% lower month-on-month (compared to February 2015), and 3.1% lower year-on-year (compared to March 2014).

March 23, 2015 Kh-Index | Time to buy khachapuri, particularly if you earn in dollars!
23 March 2015

The average cost of cooking one standard Imeretian Khachapuri in February 2015 was 3.29 GEL, which is 3.4% lower month-on-month (m/m, that is compared to the previous month), and 4.8% lower year-on-year (y/y, that is compared to the same month of last year).

March 16, 2015 Kh-Index | Inflation not picking up, not yet at any rate
16 March 2015

In February, the average cost of cooking one standard Imeretian Khachapuri dropped to 3.29GEL, which is 3.4% lower month-on-month (compared to January 2015), and 4.8% lower year-on-year (compared to February 2014). At least as far as khachapuri ingredients are concerned, prices are going down, not up.