Cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving dinner staple, although it can be divisive.
Whether you prefer classic canned or homemade cranberry sauce, it’s part of the spread of most American feasts, with more than half (51%) of American households planning to make it a part of their big meal, according to an Ipsos poll of 1,020 adults.
Ocean Spray controls 70% of the canned cranberry sauce market, according to AdWeek, and sells 67 million cans between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
But this holiday season, due to supply chain issues, products are harder to store and some supermarkets don’t have enough cranberry sauce. Publix, which has more than 1,280 stores in the southern United States, including Alabama, Florida and Virginia, has started limiting purchases of canned cranberry sauce and other Thanksgiving essentials, including jar sauce and canned pie filling, before the holidays.
Research firm IRI found cranberry sauce available at 79% of retailers in the United States during the week ending November 7, up from 89% in the same period a year ago, reported CNN.
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Ocean Spray has had some of its own “supply chain challenges,” the company said in a statement to USA TODAY. As a result, some consumers might have to opt for whole berry sauce or homemade sauce instead of jelly sauce, for example.
If you’re lucky enough to land a can of Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce, you might be wondering why the rounded bottom of the can is actually at the top? This has been an anomaly for many buyers since the early 2000s.
The cans are “filled and labeled upside down with the rounded edge at the top and the pointed box-shaped edge at the bottom to keep the jelly whole,” Ocean Spray said in its release. “There is an air bubble vacuum cleaner on the rounded side, so the consumer can slide the edge of the box with a knife to break the vacuum and the log will slide easily.”
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Contribution: Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY; Paul Nutcher, The Ledger in Lakeland, Florida.