While prices in Switzerland continue to rise
In Thailand Ricola cost half
Shopping is getting more and more expensive. The reason: rising electricity and logistics costs, as retailers say. The kiosk has just raised the price for a pack of Ricola. This, while the herbal sweets cost about half in distant Thailand.
Since 1 January, a Ricola parcel has cost 5 centimes more at the kiosk. For 3.35 Swiss francs, there would be more than two packs of Ricola in Thailand.
Daniel KestenholzEditor night duty
Everything is getting more and more expensive – including Ricola herbal sweets. The “Zältli” have cost five centimes more at the kiosk since January 1: 3.35 francs per packet. In the slightly cheaper Migros, 50 grams of Ricola cost 2.95 francs, in the Coop there is a double pack for 3.95 francs. This offer also seems expensive: In distant Thailand, Ricola cost half of it.
The country’s largest online shop, Lazada, sells the 40-gram packet for 35 baht, which is 95 centimes at the current exchange rate. In the 7-11, the Thai counterpart to the kiosk, you even got a free parcel for the regular price of 38 baht (1.05 francs). The fact that Swiss products are cheaper abroad is nothing new, such as cheese. But half the price?
In the Thai supermarket, for example at Big C, the natural herbal sweets from Switzerland cost 48 baht, 1.30 francs. Converted to the net weight, that’s still half the price in Switzerland. These are by no means candies with an early expiration date. The 1-franc Lazada Ricola can be enjoyed until April 7, 2024, the BigC shopping portal assures.
Migros and Coop are also announcing further price increases
This while food prices in Switzerland continue to rise. Migros and Coop are also turning the cost screw again, reports the “SonntagsZeitung”. Milk and butter are getting more expensive again.
At the turn of the year, not only were the prices for sweets and chewing gum raised in Swiss kiosks, but drinks and beer were also more expensive. Valora, the operator of the K kiosks, explained on behalf of all retailers that the reason for the rising prices is higher costs for electricity and logistics. “Like other companies in the industry, we then pass this on to customers,” said a spokesman.
Which begs the question of why electricity and logistics aren’t reflected in Thai Ricola prices. Inflation is also having a severe impact in the kingdom. Whether electricity, food or transport: the cost of living is becoming more and more expensive. But Ricola is still available for a bargain.