A partial list of current prices for food and basic essentials in Fiji
Fijian food can be broadly divided into two categories. Local and imported. As you would expect, imported goods are far more pricey than locally produced. A general rule of thumb is that imported produce is triple what you would pay back at home, maybe more.
So if you pay 99c for a tin of baked beans (on special) at home, don't be surprised when you see that same brand for sale in a Fiji supermarket for about fj$3-4.
However, the cheap prices of local produce makes up for it, and you can actually eat quite cheaply in Fiji, if you are prepared to buy local goods.
How much you pay for an item depends on two factors.
fj$3.20 a pack of 10, just under fj$6 a pack of 20 .
Since the 2013 budget came out, prices have risen. There is no set price so do shop around, but a packet of 10 now averages $4, and 20's will
range from $7.80 to $9.
Milk: Fresh milk is almost impossible to get. And if I did find some, I don't know that I would buy it (personally, I wouldn't entirely trust the local pasturization process). But UHT and powdered milk is readily available. Expect to pay around fj$2.75 for a liter of full cream UHT, and about fj$5 for 500gram packet of powder.
Tea and Coffee: Coffee is a similar price to what you would pay in NZ or Aust. Teabags are expensive, Up to fj$5 per pack of 50 (imported). Loose tea on the other hand, is cheap, less than fj$1 a packet (if you buy the localy packaged brands). But I find it to be too strong for me, and this is locally packaged, not imported.
Biscuits: Imported biscuits are 3-4 times what you would pay back home. But, the locally made ones are just fine, and you can pick up a packet of crackers for less than fj$1, only a little more for the fancy varieties.
Pasta: If you are hoping pasta will be cheap, sorry. fj$5-fj$7 a packet. However, rice is cheap, maybe a dollar or two per kilo, depending on the grade. Locally produced potato chips are also very cheap, .50c a small packet.
Bread: Again, locally produced is cheap, imported (and frozen) is very expensive. There are fresh hot bread shops everywhere in Fiji, you won't have to look far to find one.
The cost of an unsliced loaf averages 90c per loaf. So that is around 1/3 of what you would pay in NZ. These hot bread shops also seem to operate very late, so you have a good chance of picking up fresh bread at almost any hour.
Margarine: While the bread is cheap, the margarine to put on it is not :-( A standard 500gram tub will cost fj$5, more or less. Butter will most likely be imported from NZ, and therefore very expensive (and difficult to keep fresh in the Fiji climate anyway).
No matter where you go in Fiji, you will see locals with their roadside stalls selling produce. Prices are extremely cheap, and much of the produce is sold in bunches. Every town of any size also has the markets, which is a hub for the local community to come and sell their produce. While these markets are not often frequented by tourists, the locals will make you feel very welcome, and are usually more than happy to tell you about some of the unfamiliar fruits and veges.
Some examples and prices of what you might find in these stalls....
Mangos (in season from late Nov to March) .50c each, same price for paw paws, cucumbers, handful of the small (but firey) local chillies, coconuts, kilo of bananas, gauvas. fj$1-fj$2 for pineapple, though supermarkets will charge more than that. 8-10 small tomatoes for fj$1.
You will see bunches of taro and cassava ranging from fj$15 upwards, and of course kava is available almost everywhere.
Bok Choy is fj$1 a bunch, though the "normal" cabbages and lettuces tend to be a bit pricey. Take a look at the Suva Municipal Market page for a more detailed look at local produce prices.
Grab discounted fares to Mamanuca and Yasawa islands.