Aussies are about to go down a storm over the Christmas holidays, with tons of festive food to buy amid warnings to get in early, with particular items already selling fast.
Big Christmas centerpieces are expected to be bought in unprecedented numbers, with Aussies looking to splash out on hams and turkeys.
The nation is expected to spend $15.56 million on 1.83 million kilos of half-leg ham, and there will be more than 55,000 whole turkeys flying off the shelves.
Woolworths is advising those wanting to cut one of their hams on Christmas Day to get there early as sales are already ahead of forecasts.
Demand for plant-based roast alternatives is also strong, with the supermarket expecting 12,000 Planttitude roasts to be sold.
Tons of seafood are also expected to be on the menu, with prawns, oysters and lobsters on many shopping lists.
Woolworths expects to sell 600 tonnes of Australian tiger prawns, as well as more than a million oysters and 180,000 lobsters.
Christmas is when most Australians decide to splurge on seafood, with the supermarket selling 10 times the amount of prawns in the week leading up to the holiday and 1.2 million kilos in the month of December.
Despite the shortage of fruit, there are also more than 850,000 kilos of cherries and 2.8 million mangoes for sale.
Many of these will go on top of the more than 440,000 pavlova bases expected to be sold.
920,000 Christmas puddings, 639,000 rum balls and almost 12 million mince pies will also be sold over the festive season.
The supermarket has also kept the cost of some of its most popular Christmas items at the same price as 2021 as Australians battle inflation.
“Through our price commitment to maintain last year’s prices on customer favorite Christmas classics such as Woolworths ham and pavlova, as well as adding 150 seasonal staples to our range of Christmas price cuts, we hope all our customers enjoy the little moments with family and friends that make the season special for them,” said Woolworths managing director Natalie Davis.
Among products like ham and seafood that could be sold out in some stores, there are others that Aussies want to get their hands on.
“Products such as our Woolworths Gold Gin Infused Fruit Tartines, with Australian native flavors such as Davidson Plum, and our Golden Chocolate Hazelnut Pudding, are popular every year and can sell out when we arrive at Christmas,” Ms. Davis said.
“And with Christmas just a couple of weeks away, we advise customers to keep an eye on their local Woolworths as we continue to launch new products, including our Woolworths Christmas Smash Cake, to make the festive season even more delicious.”
Originally published as Surprising weight of Australia’s Christmas ham haul revealed