Milk cheaper, beer price soars

February 18th, 2014 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

Stats NZ reports:

The ’s a touch cheaper, but the ’s more expensive than it used to be, according to Statistics New Zealand’s annual snapshot of our country.

New Zealand in Profile 2014, released today, shows the average price of two litres of milk fell from $3.23 in 2008 to $3.19 last year, while an average 400ml glass of beer went up from $4.47 to $5.78 in the same five years.

So since 2008 the price of milk has dropped 1.2% and the price of beer has gone up 29.3%. That’s sad!

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25 Responses to “Milk cheaper, beer price soars”

  1. PaulL (5,776 comments) says:

    Don’t worry, once we have a sugar and fat tax, milk will get very expensive.

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  2. redqueen (347 comments) says:

    Beer going up that much is depressing, I need a drin…D’OH!

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  3. Auberon (820 comments) says:

    I saw this trend early and have been buying up lots of milk and letting it ferment in the sun. You have to hold your nose, but it’s arguably a better buzz than beer.

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  4. campit (438 comments) says:

    Wonder how Stats NZ calculates the average price? Cheapest 2L milk $3.49 at countdown, most expensive $5.29.

    http://shop.countdown.co.nz/#url=/Shop/SearchProducts%3Fsearch%3Dmilk%2B2l

    Weighted average based on quantity sold?

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  5. peterwn (2,941 comments) says:

    Wonder if people are going up-market with beer purchases. Wonder if Neil Miller has noticed any trends.

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  6. RRM (8,997 comments) says:

    The difference is that the average beer is better now than it was 5 years ago. Even if you ignore the proliferation of proper craft beers, consider the recent releases from the likes of Boundary Road Brewery, Macs, Stoke/McCashin that have lifted the standard of mid-price, mass-produced beers well above what there used to be in that bracket.

    Whereas milk is still milk.

    I wish I knew where to get that $3.19 / 2L milk!

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  7. Manolo (12,643 comments) says:

    The excise taxes on alcohol keep going up and up. The state’s greed is unstoppable.

    Who remembers the imbecile Jim NeAnderton claiming higher taxes on spirits would reduce consumption as an excuse to hike prices? Labour Lite continues to do exactly the same.

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  8. mavxp (490 comments) says:

    As RRM has just mentioned, we have started to develop a more refined palette when it comes to beer. Microbrewery ales and craft beer is now preferred by many to the big two breweries generic draught beers, which are now considered boring. Perhaps if we are drinking less of it (acting more responsibly?) we will be willing to spend more and enjoy the taste rather than simply try and sink as many as possible in a drinking session to just get wasted. Gosh does this mean New Zealand is starting to grow up?

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  9. chris (460 comments) says:

    the average price of two litres of milk fell from $3.23 in 2008 to $3.19 last year, while an average 400ml glass of beer went up from $4.47 to $5.78 in the same five years.

    We’re comparing a bottle of milk with a glass of beer? I’m assuming this glass of beer must be bought from a pub, bar, cafe, restaurant, etc because I don’t think I’ve ever been able to buy a glass of beer at the supermarket. I’d be more interested to have a comparison of beer prices sold at supermarkets and off licenses since most of the beer I drink is from a supermarket.

    And although whether beer is better or not is highly subjective :) I’d be fairly surprised if the discounted price of a dozen lagers is any different than it was a few years ago. But you do have a point RRM about the craft beers etc which will have the affect of pushing the average price up.

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  10. Elaycee (4,089 comments) says:

    Stats NZ forgot to mention in their press release that the price of beer (plus the price of wine and of spirits) automatically increases each year when the annual excise tax adjustment kicks in.

    But if it makes for a ‘good story’…..

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  11. David Farrar (1,812 comments) says:

    Stats NZ measures the cost to consumers. They don’t look at what makes up that cost.

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  12. Colville (1,780 comments) says:

    I blame the prices they charge at the cricket for putting the average price of beer up!

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  13. dime (8,790 comments) says:

    in a free market, beer would be cheaper.

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  14. alloytoo (338 comments) says:

    Will the Greens call for an enquiry?

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  15. Don the Kiwi (1,341 comments) says:

    Yeah………It’d drive you to bloody drink, wouldn’t it? ;-)

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  16. Don the Kiwi (1,341 comments) says:

    When i was lving in Oz – NSW – in the 80′s a schooner of beer cost around 45c. when i went there – 1979. Then about ’81 the prcie of a schooner went up to .48c. The old guys sitting at the bar would say, ” When the price of a schooner goes over .50c. I’m gonna give up the beer.”
    Needless to say, within a year or so the price ofa schooner was .54c. The old guys were still at their spot at the bar – “When the price of a schooner goes over .60c. I’m gonna give up the drink.”
    When i left Oz in 1988, the price of a schooner was over $1.00. The same old guys at their spot at the bar (not all of them – one or two had croaked) – “When the cost of a schooner goes up to $1.20, I ‘m gonna give up the beer.”

    Put the price of milk up and keep the price of beer down, otherwise, I’ll have to give up the beer. ;-)

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  17. jcuk (512 comments) says:

    $3.19 for two litres … that is cheap … the price has just gone up at my local dairy to $3.20 ONE LITRE.

    At least if the supermarkets continue to sell wine and beer we will get Pinot Noir for $10 and Lager for about $20 a dozen … it is the principle for me as I only have one stubbie or glass of wine a day …. relic of medial advice :)

    That is a stubbie with fish [ white wine ] and the Pinot with meat :)

    I remember when milk was four pence a pint ….and the cockies had their new Rolls every other year

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  18. Steve (North Shore) (4,330 comments) says:

    Comparing milk and beer prices? How about petrol at $2.19 per Litre?

    No, you don’t drink petrol you fuckwit, I’m just comparing bang for your buck

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  19. Don the Kiwi (1,341 comments) says:

    jcuk.


    “I remember when milk was four pence a pint ….and the cockies had their new Rolls every other year”

    Shit man, you must be as old as me!!

    (you old fart. ;-))

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  20. thedavincimode (6,133 comments) says:

    Might be why beryl sticks with the sherry.

    Hic!

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  21. Anthony (737 comments) says:

    Beer from the store is relatively cheap compared to Oz – it’s just buying it at a bar that is usually a complete rip-off!

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  22. Viking2 (10,748 comments) says:

    David Farrar (1,799 comments) says:
    February 18th, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Stats NZ measures the cost to consumers. They don’t look at what makes up that cost.
    ===================
    So another useless govt. department that tells half truths and seems incapable of correctly ascertaining good statistics.
    Shut the bloody place down.
    Useless stats are worse than none at all.

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  23. Tauhei Notts (1,512 comments) says:

    Four litres of milk cost $6.00 at the shop I patronise.
    But, and it is a big but, the so called milk is white water.
    I still pay $4.00 for two litres of the best full cream milk on the market. It comes from some place called Mangatawhiri. It is marketed by Green Valley dairies and beats, hands down, any of that Fonterra crap.
    It makes the best porridge. It enhances the best coffee beans when I drink coffee. I love it, and know that it is bad for me. My doctor mate tells me that my lifespan might increase by 3 minutes longer if I switch to trim milk.

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  24. gravedodger (1,426 comments) says:

    @ Don the Kiwi 5 52 The only “cockie” I have known in my many years on this planet with a Rolls was a rather ordinary guy who bought one second hand and the fuel was the hurdle.

    Keep up the funnies

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  25. Rufus (606 comments) says:

    Tauhei – actually, that full fat milk is BETTER for you.

    The evidence has been studied and know for over 50 years.
    Lots of research was done into milk around early to mid 20th C. It’s just not fashionable these days.

    Finally this “news” is making a comeback in mainstream media.

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/02/12/275376259/the-full-fat-paradox-whole-milk-may-keep-us-lean

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