Holiday ham or turkey on the menu? Best shop early
CITY OF KANAWHA, West Virginia (WOWK) – Buying your holiday ham or turkey early can be a good strategy, as stocks sell out quickly.
“The stock is low, and things will go quickly too because every time I take out regular priced hams, they buy them back, so they are scarce. Get out there and start shopping now, ”said Sam Angius, Meat Department Manager at Piggy Wiggly.
Small fresh and frozen turkeys may be rarer this year due to rising transportation costs and a shortage of truck drivers, Today.com reported.
Wholesale food costs increased 2% in September.
“Prices are going up because there is a tight supply. I don’t think we’re going to run out of turkeys or hams, but it’s going to be tight, ”said Rick Joseph, owner of Piggly Wiggly. ” Do not wait the last minute.
Rising wholesale and retail prices have reflected the impacts of the pandemic as strong demand collides with supply chain issues, economists say.
“The packaging is a problem. Impossible to have the plastic. Even having a hard time getting cardboard for the boxes. The labor situation, many companies have manpower problems to process these foods, ”said Joseph.
Yet despite the shock of stickers in the grocery store aisles as booming global supply chains slow the flow of goods, Americans continued to spend at a brisk pace in September. According to the US Department of Commerce, retail sales increased 0.7% seasonally from August, a stronger-than-expected performance.
Some customers, like Patricia Sisson, have already bought their holiday meat.
“I shop early because I don’t want to be touched by the crowds,” she said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.