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DLCA Releases Holiday Food Basket Survey

The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs notifies the public of its holiday food basket survey findings, which was completed during the second week of December. The holiday food basket survey is designed to inform consumers of which stores have the best prices on grocery items typically used for a Christmas holiday meal. The number of items compared on each island varies as a result of comparison guidelines which require that items are identical in order to produce a valid survey.

St. Croix
On St. Croix four stores were surveyed: Pueblo Golden Rock and La Reine and Plaza Extra stores in Christiansted and Frederiksted. A total of 45 of the same items were compared at each location. The difference between the highest and lowest priced basket was $15.38.
A sampling of items which made up the holiday food basket for St. Croix included: macaroni & cheese, rice, flour, powdered sugar, cabbage, broccoli, onions, potatoes, pigeon peas, evaporated milk, white vinegar, baking powder, adobo seasoning, pork shoulder, turkey gravy, egg nog, foil, plastic plates, and napkins.
The lowest priced family food basket was found at Plaza Extra’s Frederiksted location at $131.09. Plaza Extra’s Christiansted location came in second with a food basket cost of $132.58; $1.49 more than its counterpart location. Pueblo’s La Reine location came in third with a basket cost of $143.11. Closing out the survey was Pueblo’s Golden Rock location at a cost of $146.47; $3.36 more than its La Reine location.
St. Thomas
On St. Thomas four stores were surveyed: Plaza Extra, Food Center, and Pueblo supermarkets in Long Bay and Sub Base. A total of 41 of the same items were compared at each location. The difference between the highest and lowest priced holiday food basket was $12.76.
Some of the items that made up the holiday food basket for St. Thomas included: sweet potatoes, cabbage, onions, green pepper, cloves, macaroni & cheese, flour, butter, instant mash potato, Cornish hen, ham, pork shoulder, sparkling cider, Adobo seasoning, turkey gravy, vegetable oil, baking powder, tomato paste, sparkling cider, and egg nog.
The lowest priced holiday food basket was found at Plaza Extra with a cost of $140.99. Food Center came in second with a holiday basket cost of $145.29. Pueblo’s Subbase and Long Bay locations came in third and fourth respectively. Pueblo Subbase had a food basket cost of $150.37, while Pueblo’s Long Bay location had a food basket cost of $153.75.
St. John
On St. John three stores were surveyed: Dolphin Market, Starfish Market and Pine Peace Mini Mart. A total of 31 of the same items were compared at each location. The difference between the highest and lowest priced food basket was $15.23.
Some of the items that made up the holiday basket for St. John included: sweet potatoes, cabbage, parsley, onions, eggs, butter, scalloped potato, stuffing mix, bread crumbs, macaroni & cheese, vegetable oil, evaporated milk, and baking powder.
The lowest priced food basket was found at Dolphin Market with a cost of $93.10. Pine Peace Mini Mart came in second with a food basket cost of $96.99. Coming in third was Starfish Market with a holiday basket cost of $108.33.
Consumers are reminded to shop wisely and compare food prices to make the best economic choices. DLCA will continue to facilitate the process for consumers as part of its mission of Assisting, Educating and Protecting Consumers.
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