The mayonnaise shortage in Rarotonga hasn’t created any issues for Vibe Fish Van. Their chef says everything is made from scratch. 20111225
A month-long critical shortage of mayonnaise is set to end this weekend with an expected shipment of the popular condiment.
The nation’s most popular brand, Best Foods mayonnaise, has been a hot commodity since a human error resulted in a shipment failing to arrive by boat last month, according to one company that imports the product to the country.
Ange Napa, supervisor at The Energy Centre in Avarua, which
retails in petrol and food products, said: “Our container would have been here
three weeks ago, but it got left in Samoa.”
“The captain was in a rush and he didn’t put the container
on the boat.”
In addition to The Energy Centre, it is believed Best Foods
is imported by only a handful of retailers in the country, including Cook
Islands Trading Corporation.
Napa said the shortage is expected to be relieved this
coming weekend with the arrival of cargo ship Liloa II, which recently set sail
from Apia, Samoa.
“The boat should be in by Saturday, and hopefully they’ll
have it out by Monday.”
Local retailers and residents have struggled with low
Palace Takeaways in Avarua has had to remove some items from
their menu due to the shortage, and customers hoping to order one of the
outlet’s “wet” burgers have been forced to choose an alternative.
Yesterday afternoon, front house staff at Sea Salt Takeaway
in Avarua said they were down to their last quart, or just over a litre.
Contingency plans are in the works.
“Maybe we’ll have to ask our customers if they want to try
another one of our sauces,” said Yeyua, a staff member at the restaurant which
is located adjacent to the port.
Also on edge was Taia Drescher and partner Paul who visited
Prime Foods yesterday looking for some “Best Foods”. They were given the bad
news at the checkout counter.
Drescher said she tries to ship a couple of cartons to
family members on the outer island of Palmerston as often as possible. She said
they enjoy mayonnaise with fish, corned beef, and coconut crab.
“It’s very serious, my parents will cry if there’s none,”
she said with a laugh.
But an eatery that has managed to avoid hardship caused by
the shortage is Vibe Fish Van in Panama.
Chef Roro Fuentes said they make their lemon and garlic
aioli, as well as tartar sauce, in-house.
“Everything is made from scratch,” he said.
“We’re not affected that much; everything is moving on the menu.”