Several food items in Israel are price-controlled and regulated by the government. The government sets the MAXIMUM price for these products, and it is illegal to sell them at a higher prices (though you might sometimes find them at a cheaper price, of course).
The law also states that grocery stores have to display a list of these regulated products visibly in the store. These are the products – and their maximum allowed prices. Don’t pay above that!
- Important Tip: Some manufacturers will try to “trick” you by selling similar products at higher prices. For example – “enriched” milk might look almost the same as the regular one, but can cost double. Same goes for all the types of “special” bread, etc’.
Price Controlled Food Items in Israel
|The Item||Size / Packaging||Maximum Price (in Shekels)|
|Lechem Achid (dark bread, not sliced)||750g||5.11|
|White Bread (not sliced)||750g||5.11|
|Challa (traditional bread, unwrapped)||500g||5.58|
|Lechem Achid - Wrapped and sliced||750g||7.67|
|White Bread - Wrapped and sliced||750g||6.82|
|Regular kitchen salt||1kg||2.09|
|Regular table salt||1kg||2.09|
|3% Milk in a BAG||1 liter||5.30|
|1% Milk in a BAG||1 liter||4.95|
|3% Milk in a CARTON||1 liter||6.30|
|1% Milk in a CARTON||1 liter||5.90|
|Eshel (a simple yogurt of sorts), %4.5||200mg pack||1.65|
|Gil (yet another strange yogurt), %3.5||200mg pack||1.52|
|Sour Cream 15%||200mg pack||2.44|
|Sweet Cream %38||250mg carton||6.60|
|Emmek (Hard cheese), %28||1kg||45.45|
|Gilboa (Hard cheese), 22%||1kg||43.14|
|White Cheese 5% (soft, low-fat cream cheese)||250g pack||5.11|
|Eggs - XL||Box of 12||13.60|
|Eggs - L||Box of 12||12.50|
|Eggs - Medium||Box of 12||11.50|
The full updated list can also be found (in Hebrew) on Israel’s Ministry of Industry’s website.