FORT LEE, Va. – Shoppers
can head to their commissary in Korea starting the first week in November to
pick up a turkey for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.
“We’ve ordered more than
8,000 turkeys,” said Air Force Command Chief Master Sgt. Stuart M. Allison, senior
enlisted advisor to the DeCA director. “That’s 88,000 pounds – more than enough
to meet the demand of our commissary shoppers in Korea.”
The turkeys are from
Australia, sold under the brand name Steggles, the same company that has been
providing commissaries in Korea with frozen chicken in tray packs since August.
“Prices will be higher this
year because turkeys from the U.S. are not available,” Allison added.
Several factors contribute
to the higher prices on turkeys from Australia. Minimum wages and grain prices
are significantly higher there compared to the U.S. Also, the supply of turkeys
is not as plentiful. Australian companies don’t ramp up turkey production for
November the way U.S. producers do.
Although other countries
celebrate a harvest festival or day of thanks at some time during the year, the
U.S. and Canada are the only countries with a nationwide Thanksgiving holiday
that features turkey on the table.
A 16-page recipe and coupon
booklet, available in commissaries starting the first week in November, could help
bring down the cost of purchasing a turkey. The booklets, with coupons totaling
more than $38, have been provided by manufacturers of brand name products
popular during the holiday season, such as stuffing mix, canned vegetables,
baking ingredients, snacks, coffee and more. Discounts from the coupons are
collectively applied to the purchase of a whole turkey at checkout.
The coupon booklets will be
available in commissaries while supplies last and the coupons are good through
Dec. 20. Shoppers can check with store management where they shop for the
specific days and times the coupon booklets will be available.
Along with a turkey, shoppers
will be able to find all the essential holiday side dishes for a delicious Thanksgiving
dinner in their commissary.
“Whether our shoppers prefer
to make it from scratch or buy it table ready, commissaries have everything in
stock to make this year’s Thanksgiving feast memorable,” said DeCA’s Korea Zone
Manager Wayne Walk.