Rising food prices in Russia might overshadow upcoming New Year celebrations. According to the Federal Statistics Service (Rosstat), most popular dishes for a New Year Eve dinner in Russia will become significantly more expensive than in 2015.
This year, Olivier salad, one of Russia’s most popular festive dish, will become 1.8% more expensive in comparison with 2015. Last year, it costed about 305 rubles (USD4.9) on average for a family of four to have this dish on the table; while now they will have to pay 310 rubles (USD5), Rosstat said.
Earlier, Rosstat reported that in January-November 2016, the growth of food prices was 4%. That largely affects festive dishes preparation costs. For instance, to prepare another highly popular one — “dressed herring” — now costs 3.7% more than last year (155 rubles or USD2.5).
Among the ingredients of these two salads which suffered the most from price hikes is mayonnaise (+ 8.7% compared with last year).
Over the year the cost of a set of food products for the New Year Eve’s table of a family of four up 3.6% to 5.580 rubles (USD91). That is an average figure for Russia. The minimum food set cost 1.950 rubles (USD32), which is a 3.9% increase.
For Muscovites Christmas table will cost 6.860 rubles (USD112) on average (up 2.8%), for residents of St. Petersburg 5.900 rubles (USD96), which is a 5.5% hike.
This year, New Year’s Eve table will be most expensive for residents of the Chukotka Autonomous District (8.400 rubles – USD137) and least expensive for the residents of the Republic of Kalmykia (4.100 rubles – USD67).
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