Publix, Winn-Dixie cap buys of Thanksgiving foods due to supply chain issues

Feeding a large group for Thanksgiving? You may not be able to buy as many of your favorite ingredients as you want.

Publix is ​​placing purchase restrictions on some items “due to ongoing supply issues and increased demand during the holidays, and to best serve the majority of our customers,” according to an email from company spokeswoman Maria Bruce. Publix is ​​headquartered in Lakeland.

For affected items, customers will see signs in stores telling them they are limited to buying two of each, Bruce said.

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Affected items include Thanksgiving staples like canned cranberry sauce, gravy, and canned pie filling, as well as canola and vegetable oils, cream cheese, bacon, and rolled breakfast sausage. Disposable napkins, plates, cups and cutlery will also be subject to purchase limits.

Customers will also be restricted when it comes to purchasing refrigerated snacks like Lunchables, sports drinks, some juices like Capri Sun, assorted packages of canned cat food, refrigerated pet food and — in a familiar epidemic palette — toilet paper.

Winn-Dixie also limits buying of turkeys to one per customer, similarly citing supply chain problems. Meredith Hurley, a spokeswoman for Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of Winn-Dixie and Fresco y Más, said the action “will help all families have a chance to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal this year.”

“While there are no restrictions on other items throughout the store, we politely ask customers to purchase only what they need for their families while shopping for key holiday items,” Hurley added.

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