The price census, conducted in mid-September by local portal Naša Super Hrana, considered both the prices charged by the six largest retailers in Slovenia, as well as retailers from neighbouring countries, namely Croatia, Austria and Italy.
The basket of listed foods includes a kilogram or litre of white wheat flour, white bread, pasta, milk, liquid yogurt, eggs, apples, potatoes, sunflower oil and white sugar, as well as 300 grams of cheese, 250 grams of butter and half a kilogram of beef and pork steaks and chicken fillet.
In neighbouring countries, the same basket was cheapest at Lidl Croatia (€32.44), followed by Interspar Croatia (€37.93); Konzum Croatia (€39.08); Lidl Italia (€41.69); Lidl Austria (€42.91); Eurospar Italia (€43.57); Eurospar Austria (€44.85); Conad Italia (€47.89) and Billa Austria (€54.28).
In the basket of 15 basic food groups, the biggest cost was meat, with Slovenia more expensive for meat products than other countries.
Slovenia was the cheapest when buying eggs, yogurt, bread, milk and flour.
According to the Naša Super Hrana study, Spar offers the best product range in Slovenia, with 81 SKUs across 15 categories of selected foods, followed by Mercator (69); Tuš (53); Lidl and Hofer (27 each); and Eurospin (22).
The next price census will be carried out in March 2023.