Alcohol prices

Food and alcohol prices in Ireland in 2021 are the second most expensive prices in the euro zone, according to the CSO

Ireland had the second most expensive food and alcohol prices in the eurozone last year, according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

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According to a statement on CSO.ie, food prices in Ireland last year were 17% above the EU27 average, making it the second most expensive in the eurozone and the third most expensive of the EU27.

The statement published on CSO.ie says prices for different types of food in Ireland were all above the EU27 average last year, with the exception of fish, which was 3% lower; Irish milk, cheese and egg prices were 25% above the EU27 average, oils and fats prices were 22% higher and bread and cereals prices were 20% higher ; Ireland and Malta were the second most expensive EU27 countries for soft drinks; Ireland was the second most expensive country in the eurozone and EU27 for alcoholic beverages, with alcohol prices in Ireland last year just over double the EU27 average; and Ireland was the most expensive of the 36 countries surveyed last year for tobacco, with prices 145% above the EU27 average.

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The above data is taken from the Food, Drink and Tobacco Price Levels Report 2021: How Ireland Compares, which was published by the CSO, according to the statement posted on CSO.ie, which has also noted that this analysis is based on statistics published by Eurostat on June 21, 2022 for 36 European countries.

Statement by the Principal Statistician of the Prices Division

The statement posted on CSO.ie included a statement from Edel Flannery, Senior Statistician in the Prices Division, who said: “Looking at how price levels for food, drink and tobacco in Ireland compared to other European countries in 2021, Ireland was the second most expensive country in the Eurozone and the third most expensive of the 27 countries of the European Union (EU27) for food, with prices 17% higher than the EU27 average. Of the 36 countries surveyed, food was most expensive in Switzerland at 69% above the EU27 average, and cheapest in Turkey at 37% below the EU27 average. EU27.

“Looking at specific food categories, we can see that prices for different food types in Ireland were all above the EU27 average in 2021, with the exception of fish, which was 3% lower. Prices for milk, cheese and eggs in Ireland were 25% higher than the EU27 average, while oils and fats were 22% higher, and breads and cereals were 20% higher.

“For soft drinks, Ireland was, together with Malta, the most expensive country in the eurozone in 2021 and the second most expensive of the EU27 countries, with prices 37% higher than the EU average. EU27 Norway was the most expensive of the 36 countries for soft drinks with prices 55% above the EU27 average, while Turkey was the cheapest with prices 33% below the EU27 average. EU27 average.

“For alcoholic beverages, Ireland was the second most expensive country in the eurozone in 2021, with prices just over double the EU27 average. Of the 36 countries surveyed, Iceland had the highest alcohol prices, 186% above the EU27 average. drinks were the cheapest in North Macedonia, at 19% below the EU27 average.

“For tobacco, Ireland was the most expensive of the 36 countries surveyed in 2021 with prices 145% higher than the EU27 average. Tobacco prices were lowest in Turkey with prices 74% below the EU27 average.”

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