Grocery retailSupermarkets are the heart of grocery retail in Czechia. They consistently rank among the chains with the highest revenues. All major retail chains are owned by foreign investors, mainly from Germany. Stores of domestic chains COOP, Družstvo CBA, and Hruška, on the other hand, are the most numerous in Czechia, with COOP having around 2,500 stores around the country.
Since 2022, the grocery sector has been plagued by particularly high inflation numbers. In November of that year, food inflation reached 26 percent, after which it began slowly decreasing. That meant the prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages increased the most out of any other products, including commodities such as energy, fuel, or transportation. These figures were also significantly above the food inflation rate in the European Union.