Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Average Israel supermarket & grocery store prices for 2018.

How much does it cost to live in Israel? A 3 year comparison.

Hebrew: השוואת מחירי מוצרים בישראל 

food itemsIn July 2018, Business Insider  ranked Tel Aviv as the 14th most expensive city in the world and Jerusalem comes in at no. 17. There is a wide gap with Numbeo, their July 2018 figures rank Tel Aviv as the 50th most expensive city in the world while Jerusalem ranks 57th. According to Numbeo, the cost of living index in Tel Aviv-Yafo is 21.75% lower than in New York.

To help you build your monthly aliyah and relocation budget, every summer for the past 10 years Anglo-List has been comparing prices of groceries and household items and every year we publish a 3 year comparison.

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From city to city, the cost of living in Israel varies considerably. You will find large price differences between competing supermarkets and even in hyper- or neighborhood-stores within the same chain.  Online shopping is becoming more and more popular and prices are consistent.  Websites like Zap help you compare the prices of electrical items, insurance and clothing. 

The Shufersal is one of the most expensive supermarket chains in Israel. Some swear that Rami Levy is the cheapest while others insist it's Yayinot Bitan and some say its Victory. 

The Shufersal online shopping experience is very user friendly and so for purposes of this comparison, we are quoting Shufersal prices only.  Some of the prices listed here are currently on special-offer.  Note that this is an independent comparison and Shufersal has NOT played any part in it or sponsored it in any way whatsoever.

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All the fresh meat products listed here are kosher under the local Rabbinate.  You will pay more for Mehadrin and Badatz.  You will pay less for meat bought at a non-kosher outlet.

All supermarket prices are quoted in New Israeli Shekels.  Expect to pay more in a makolet - a small neighborhood grocery store.

Dry Goods

Item June 2016 June 2017 June 2018
Shufersal house brand peanut butter 17.70 9.90 16.90
Skippy superior brand peanut butter 17.90 15.90 18.50
Nutella chocolate spread - 750g 23.90 24.90 24.90
Shachar local leading brand chocolate spread 11.90 12.90 12.90
Starkist tuna in oil - 4 cans in a pack 23.90 24.90 21.90 
Small can sardines in oil 5.90 5.30 5.30
Adult breakfast cereal - 400g (Deli Pecan)
19.90 19.90 20.90
Children's cereal - 750g (Coco Pops - Kellogs)
23.90 14.90 (500g) 19.90 (500g)
Canned sweetcorn - 550g - Yachin
7.10  5.90  7.10
Canned chickpeas  - 550g - Yachin
5.90 6.30  6.30
Pickled cucumbers in brine - Beit Hashita
6.50 6.30 7.00
Olive Oil - 750ml - House brand
24.90  32.90 35.90 premium
Canola oil - 1L - House brand
 6.90 7.50  7.50

Beverages

Alpro soya milk - 1L 12.90 12.90 13.90
Local brand soya milk - 1L - Tnuva
9.90 9.90 10.90
Fresh milk carton - 2L (price controlled)
10.90 10.90 10.80
Fresh milk in a bag - 1L (price controlled)
4.90  4.80 5.00
Grape juice 1L -  Carmel Tirosh
16.90 17.80  16.90
Grape juice 1L - house brand 12.90 13.50  13.50
Pepsi Cola - 1.5L 5.30  5.30 5.90
Sprite - 6 x 1.5L 29.90  35.90 32.90
Flavored tea - 25 teabags Wisotsky's Jasmin
21.90  21.90 24.90
Taster's Choice Instant coffee - 200g 29.90  29.90 29.90
Nescafe instant coffee  - 200g Red Mug
19.90  22.90 21.90
Local brand instant coffee - 200g Elite
19.90 19.90  19.90
6 pack of local beer - 330ml - Goldstar filtered
44.90  45.90 29.90 special

Spices, Grains & Staple Items

Granulated garlic refill house brand - 100g 9.50  9.50 9.50
Granulated garlic refill superior brand - 80g 10.80 - 14.30
Spaghetti house brand - 500g 4.90 4.90 4.90
Plain white Persian rice house brand - 1kg
5.90 5.90 5.90
Basmati rice - 1kg 12.80 12.80 12.90
Couscous house brand - 350g  4.90 4.50 4.50
White sugar house brand - 1kg 3.90 4.40 4.50
All purpose white flour house brand - 1kg 5.90 3.60 3.60
Almond flour - 250g 25.70 25.70 25.70

Soaps & Detergents

Fabric softener concentrate - 1L 15.90 15.90 15.90
Local brand soap - 4 bar pack 11.90 11.90 11.90
Palmolive Soap - 4 bar pack 16.80 16.80 16.80
Liquid hand soap house brand - 1L 10.00 9.90 9.90
Head & Shoulders shampoo  - 750ml 18.90 18.90 23.90
Pinuk family shampoo - 700ml 10.90 9.90 10.90
Men's deodorant Gillette 19.90 22.90 15.90
Baby wipes - 6 pack
24.90 17.90 18.90
Ariel washing powder  54.40 (6kg) 52.90 (5kg) 45.00 (7kg)
Dish-washing liquid - Fairy - 650 ml
10.90 8.90 10.90

Paper Goods

Toilet paper - house brand
37.90 37.90 39.90
Disposable diapers - local brand - 40
31.90  27.90  28.90
Kitchen paper towels - house brand 10.00 (6)  8.90 (6) 9.90 (6)

Refrigerated Items

Hummous Tzabar - 1kg 14.90 14.50 14.90
White cottage cheese Tnuva - 250g 5.20 5.50 5.50
Yellow cheese Emek Tnuva - 1kg 41.30 39.00 39.00
Small fruit yogurts - Yoplait
5.00 5.00 5.00
Cremissimo ice-cream 1.3kg 21.90 17.90 17.90

Frozen Foods & Fresh Meat Products

Frozen french fries house-brand -2.5kg 29.90 29.90 31.90
Frozen real chicken schnitzel superior brand - 700g
 36.90 31.90 33.90
Vegetarian corn schnitzel Zoglovek - 750g 29.90 29.90 19.90 special
Frozen pizza Maadanot - 500g  23.90 15.90 14.90
Fresh chicken breast  - 1kg
27.90 31.90 31.90
Fresh chicken wings - 1kg 13.90 11.90 11.90
Fresh turkey wings - 1kg 17.90 17.90 17.90
Frozen minced beef - 1kg
42.90 42.90 49.00
Frozen kebabs Tivon Veal - 440g  19.70 18.90 18.90
Frozen hamburgers Tivon Veal - 400g 21.90 18.90 19.90
Chicken vienna sausages - Tirat Zvi - 1 kg 29.60 (1.5kg) 24.90 25.90
Fresh chicken - 1kg 18.90 18.90 18.90

Baked Goods

Standard bread - sliced - 750g
5.70 5.90 5.90
Factory produced non-standard loaf  11.90 15.50 15.90
Sugar-free bread - 700g 18.44 22.60 22.60
Fresh baked bread rolls
2.00 ea 2.00 ea 2.20 ea
Chocolate croissants - 1kg 33.00 35.00 37.00

Canned Goods

Ketchup Osem - 750g 10.90 11.50 10.90
Mayonnaise - 1kg - Telma
 15.90 16.50 16.90
1000 Island salad dressing Osem - 290ml
10.90
8.90 10.90

Electrical Appliances

Digital microwave - Pilot
399.00 25L 235.00 20L 268.00 20L
Kettle 1.75 L - Pilot
- 79.00 69.00 special
Toaster oven - Pilot
229.00 35L 230.00 35L 199.00 35L
Refrigerator - Pilot
2000.00 465 L 1286.00 302L 1899.00 465L
Bottom range washing machine - 5kg
1169.00 930.00 799.00
Computer screen - 24"
530.00 699.00 599.00
Home printer/scanner inkjet
350 - 800 - 419.00
Television 50" LED Pilot
4100.00 2924 (49" Smart) 1799.00

Pay less with a loyalty card

Loyalty cards are very popular.  They allow you to accumulate points or get immediate discounts. Some loyalty cards are combined with credit cards. Some are free but not all.  If combined with a credit card, the loyalty card is free for the first year after which you can expect to pay around 15 shekels/month for the card. Check the small print before you sign up.

Learn the Hebrew words for supermarket items with our free word sheets with English and transliterations

Discounts on bulk packaging are popular in Israel; buy one, get the second at half the price, buy two get one free, four for 10 shekels or 3 for one hundred.  Be price-wise, often these are marketing tactics designed to get you to part with more money than you were planning to spend.  

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Making Aliyah soon? Do the currency conversion

July 2018 -  1 shekel equals...

US Dollar Canadian Dollar Australian Dollar ZAR British Pound Euro
0.276 0.362 0.371 3.652 0.208 0.236

 

History of the supermarket in Israel

  • Did you know that the Shufersal supermarket chain was founded in 1958?  It was originally called Shufra-Sal and then Shufersal. It is commonly known as Supersol in the Anglo community.
  • Rami Levy started his retail career working in a small grocery store (makolet) in Jeruslem's Mahane Yehuda market.