The high cost of living and the unavailability of certain commodities on supermarket shelves are making grocery shopping difficult for consumers.
In recent times, global supply chain issues have resulted in higher food prices and shortages of some goods.
Chairman of the retail and distribution committee of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI), Tomilson Bynoe, said in the last edition of the Sunday Sun that retailers were having difficulty filling their shelves with a number of items such as brand-name laundry detergents, paper towels, canned soups and imported produce.
However, consumers reported that they have been finding ways to cope.
“My daughter told me things will get worse, so what we need to do is that if we spend $500 in groceries monthly, let us spend $1 000. Buy more stuff and put down in reserve.
“Furthermore, she got four half-cans and we plant certain things so we don’t have to have an overdependence on the supermarket,” said Rupert Blackman, who was shopping at Massy in Oistins, Christ Church. (SB)
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