Dubbo residents stock up for the holidays

THE TRADITIONAL Christmas ham and prawns have topped the list as the most popular foods this festive season.

With only three days until Christmas, Dubbo residents are rushing through the doors to finish their last-minute shopping.

Midwest Foods retail manager Matthew Lambert said the store had been extremely busy the past few days.

“It has been quite slow in the lead-up to Christmas but we are making up lost ground,” he said.

“People are saying, ‘It only happens once a year, so we might as well go all out’.”

More than 2000 kilograms of the traditional Christmas ham have been sold and prawn sales had doubled this year.

“We’re running out pretty quickly,” he said. “People are stocking up big, no-one wants to realise they don’t have enough food.”

Frozen roast vegetables and pre-cooked turkey breast were popular with residents as it took the guesswork out of cooking it just right.

Mr Lambert said the advantage of Midwest Foods was most products were almost ready to go and not much cooking or preparation was required.

After a scrumptious Christmas meal, Dubbo residents liked to enjoy dessert and pavlova topped the list with the mango macadamia cheesecake at number two.

Several gift vouchers were sold this season and given as presents to family and work colleagues, he said.

“In these tough times it is a great present and people really appreciate it,” he said.

Dubbo residents were planning for the post-Christmas holidays and were stocking up on foods especially scotch fillet steak.

“They want to rest and not go out and find some food for dinner,” he said.

Mr Lambert said the store’s “pretty hard” advertising with the Daily Liberal had paid off with a much-needed retail boost.

“We expected it would help us but we never imagined it would be so helpful and make such a big difference,” he said.

His last words to residents before Christmas Day was not to leave their Christmas shopping to the last minute.

“Get in and get your ham and turkey now as supply is getting short,” he said.

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Midwest Foods retail manager Matthew Lambert has called on Dubbo residents to come in early and not leave their Christmas shopping to the last minute. Photo: Belinda Soole

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