The country is observing a second Easter holiday during the Corona virus infection novel, with some supermarket operators reporting a decline in bun sales and others seeing an increase compared to last year.
The Jamaican Easter bread is a descendant of the hot cross bun from the UK. These buns were traditionally eaten on Good Friday, signifying the crucifixion of Jesus. This tradition went to Jamaica when Britain colonized the island in the mid-1600s.
The annual religious holiday, which is considered a time to commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, is seen by thousands of Jamaicans buying bread and cheese as a way to preserve the old British tradition, and has been a big business at Easter.
However, some supermarket operators said they saw a tooth in the bun sale.
Judith Johnson, manager of Sambars Supermarket in Kingston 5, Cross Roads, was one of those who saw a drop in Easter bun sales.
“Sales are not as good as last year. We are seeing a decline now and I have no idea what is going on with customers. Maybe they have not yet made the decision to buy the bun, ”he said Jamaica Observer On Monday.
According to Johnson, bread sales are down about 10 percent compared to last year, but expect more sales on Holy Thursday.
“I hope there will be an increase in sales on Holy Thursday because I haven’t ordered buns yet,” he said.
The Viewer Sambars saw a few customers picking up Easter buns from the shelves at the supermarket, saying they only buy buns to celebrate the holidays.
Seventy-year-old Isolin Hendrix said, “I want to get some money and buy a liqueur bun for my Easter. I’m diabetic because I usually buy buns, so I do not eat them often, ”she said as she grabbed a large Easter loaf.
Twenty-nine-year-old Daniel Hansard said he was buying a loaf of bread for his family. “I’m not a bread lover, but I buy a loaf of bread at home because it’s Easter,” he said, noting the different brands available.
Shopkeepers Delight supermarket manager Aldia Morgan also said bun sales were down about 10 percent.
Morgan added that he was skeptical about future sales as the country approached the second of three weekend locks announced by Prime Minister Andrew Holmes last week.
“A lot of customers don’t buy buns, so there will definitely be less sales,” he said. I think I saw a spike in the bun sale on Friday for the first weekend lockout. I do not know what the other weekend locks will bring, so we have to hope that things will return, ”he said earlier this week.
Sharing similar concerns, Jolisa Smith, assistant manager at a Brooklyn supermarket, said: “People buy buns, but not like they did last year. It would be a little too early to tell if there will be a reduction as we are not on Easter weekend. Sales are right now, but expect a lot more sales. ”
“We are going to be closed for three days this weekend because the Jamaican people are buying goods at the last minute,” he added.
Meanwhile, Verona Hotton, supervisor at Lausanne Supermarket in St. Andrew, said she saw an increase in sales.
“It’s very busy like last year, so we’re still for our heritage. The buns are actually going up; people are buying different brands. We’m still maintaining the Easter bread and cheese tradition,” he said.
Although the epidemic has affected sales, Hotton said there is still a steady increase.
“COVID-19 has affected sales, but we still have our customers. Some will come and get buns for offices, and some will be available to other customers going to the country,” Houghton said.
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