March 18, 2013

Prices Higher but Specials Abound as Passover Season Enters Final Week

NEW YORK — Prices for Passover foods appears to be on average at least 15% higher than last year, a KosherToday survey found but savvy shoppers can make up the difference in what appears to be a record number of specials. Entering the final week before the 8-day holiday begins next Monday (March 25th), shoppers appeared to pay more for meat and poultry, fruits and vegetables, pastries, fish, and some dairy items. But with some planning and carefully gleaning of newspaper ads, shoppers can find extraordinary specials. 

At one Fairway store, a 5lb box of Yehuda Matzos went for $2.99 with a store coupon and a $50 minimum purchase. A 24 oz. of Manischewitz Gefilte Fish was selling for $4.99. Although Matzoh was the most discounted item, especially with minimum purchases, there were many discounts for items like mayonnaise, salad dressings, sardines and potato starch. 

At Jewel-Osco in Chicago, the headliners were Aaaron’s Chicken Leq Quarters at only $1.99 lb. While it was too early to find shortages, retailers say that there was somewhat of a shortage on kosher for Passover condiments and even carrots. Retailers were optimistic that sales this holiday season would exceed last year’s 8% - 12% range. They are hoping that the calendar of an early holiday season will help sales.

Photo courtesy of Jewel-Osco