You might be able to put that weekly pilgrimage to Barrio Chino on hold: apparently there are more imports than ever on grocery store shelves. High-fiving a million peanut butter angels!
According to Juan Vasco Martínez, executive director of the Association of United Supermarkets (ASU), there are more imports lining the aisles of supermarkets and stores than last year. “You can see an increase in gourmet products, today there’s more variety than last year and some supermarkets are branching out into these premium items,” he told Ámbito Financiero.
I, for one, am not surprised: I saw goldfish in my local supermarket just last week and wept tears of joy as I inhaled them. Fish are friends… and food.
Imports currently represent around 1 percent of the available market, according to Vasco Martínez. And while these numbers are up from last year, they remain far below the 3 percent seen in 2008 and 2009 when I presume pancake mix lined the shelves and yanquis danced in the streets popping bottles of maple syrup like a 50 Cent video.
Of concern? The usual fear of what a rise in foreign products could mean for the local market: “In terms of imports, we are monitoring all sectors and listening because the priority is caring for [Argentine] employment,” a Trade Bureau source told Ámbito.
Bueno, as long as they don’t come for my rainbow chip frosting, carry on.