This evaluation of food prices in Poland follows on naturally from Finding Poland’s most recent post on the cost of living in Poland.
To gain an overview of current grocery prices in Poland, I visited my local supermarket, Carrefour. It’s located in Galeria Morena shopping centre.
A General Overview of the Prices of Staple Goods in Poland
Before analysing the prices of certain foods within specific food groups, here’s an overview of the price of mostly staple goods which I noted in Carrefour in early February 2023:
Like in every country I suppose, the price of dairy products in Poland has soared.
When it comes to eggs, it’s a matter of debate as to how to separate a ‘normal’ egg from a bio/eco/free range egg. The only genuine ‘organic’ eggs I know of are laid in a chicken pen in my parents-in-law’s garden.
However, even if these eco/bio/free range eggs are the real deal, I think it’s bordering on criminal to even attempt to charge consumers around 15 zł for ten eggs.
The price of non-Carrefour brand cheese slices is also out of control. For instance, it costs 7,59 zł for 150 grams of Sierpc Ser Królewski cheese slices. Shocking.
Generally speaking, meat prices are seriously out of hand.
In January, I recorded a price of 9,00 zł for 450 grams of mixed pork and beef mincemeat. Currently, the price is 11,99 zł. Not only that, the weight is now 400 grams, not 450 grams which I noted in January. If you want to buy beef mincemeat on its own, it costs 13,99 for 400 grams.
Based on this example, I fear that something far more sinister than inflation is influencing food prices in Poland.
A 33% price rise and ‘sticky fingers’ when it comes to the weight.
Of course, the price of fish hasn’t escaped the impact of gree__, sorry inflation.
For a kilo of cod, it costs 80 zł.
I must admit that I’ve always been fond of toasted sandwiches with smoked salmon slices. Indeed, I used to buy salmon slices, marinated with dill when they cost around 8 zł. The price is now 11,99 zł.
Another baffling 33% increase in price.
I like certain stone fruits, such as mangoes. Pomegranates are another favourite of mine. However, fruit varieties such as those are really expensive in Poland. For instance, it currently costs 8,99 zł for a large mango in Carrefour.
What about that wonder, the avocado? Judging by the price of an avocado in Carrefour – up to 8 zł – it’s definitely a luxury item in Poland.
Still, look on the bright side – apples, pears and oranges are still quite cheap.
Food prices in Poland
Food prices in Poland have gone through the roof, and I suspect that we’re not even close to reaching the ceiling for food price rises.
What next? 10 zł for a loaf of white bread?
These must be worrying times for many families in Poland.