HONOLULU (KHON2) – Thanksgiving is fast approaching and some are already preparing their menus.
So, will supply issues mean a more expensive dinner in 2021?
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Foodland is stocked for Thanksgiving and their message to customers is to plan ahead. There are other options that are always available for a great Thanksgiving meal if a turkey isn’t your thing.
“A potluck in Hawaii will have turkey, there will probably be prime rib. There will probably be Chinese noodles, there will be sushi, you will have crispy Gau Gee, you will probably have other things.
Chef Keoni Chang, Director of Food at Foodland Farms Ala Moana
Chang said Foodland has been preparing for Thanksgiving since spring 2021 and has plenty of ingredients for your meal. But what about the cost?
“You know, in terms of the prices, I think you’re going to see some price fluctuation; I mean, I think everyone is very aware that the supply chain has created a little challenge to get things, so there’s a part of that, ”Chang explained. “At the same time, you know, Foodland is very committed to making sure that we always deliver value, so we make sure that whatever offers we have are always good value for money.”
According to Young Brothers, residents of neighboring islands will not see rising shipping prices. Keith Kiyotoki, Director of Sales and Marketing at Young Brothers, made the following statement to KHON2:
“The holidays are always one of the busiest times at Young Brothers, and as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, that’s certainly true this year. Our team has worked hard to ensure that our barges carrying many of the staple foods you will see as part of a Thanksgiving meal were delivered on time and will be available on store shelves across the state.
“Charges for YB’s inter-island shipping services are fixed and not determined by demand. This means that our customers who move cargo between islands don’t face the steep increases in shipping costs that many experience when shipping a container from outside of Hawaii.
Keith Kiyotoki, Director of Sales and Marketing at Young Brothers
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“The prime time, I would say, to start putting it all together, doing my reading, would be the weekend before,” Chang added. “So, Saturday, Sunday, I would collect all my things because I could then start working on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and I am ready to leave Thursday. “