Product Survey

The following is an expanded provisioning spreadsheet from Marci Paravia’s article “Provisioning in the Pacific” in the October 2011 issue of Blue Water Sailing.

Survey Says:

(Prices from June 3, 2010 Papeete [$1.00 U.S. = ± 89.36 Polynesian Francs (XPF) and July 26, 2010 Pago Pago – prices converted to US currency for ease of explanation)

ITEM SIZE PRICE IN PAPEETE PRICE IN

PAGO PAGO

STAPLES

Sugar – white 1 kilo (2.2 lbs) 1.56 3.45 5 lbs (2.26 K)
Flour – white 1 kilo .67 2.49 5 lbs
Rice – long grain white 1 kilo 1.06 Not available
Rice – Medium jasmine 1 kilo 2.57 8.00 – 5 kilos
Rice – Calrose 5 kilo bag 8.72 8.99 10 lb bag
Oil – Olive – extra virgin Liter 7.77 18.99 2 ltr bottle or 17.00 1.3 ltr
Oil – vegetable Liter 2.18 to 2.46 4.45 (48 oz)
Pasta 500 gr – 1 kilo 1.08 to 4.81 1.19 – 1.35 lb
Cereal (Kelloggs Corn Flakes) 18 oz box 7.77 5.00
Granola Bars (Nature Valley Box of 6 (2 bar ea)

Box of 30 (2 bar ea)

4.81 10.49 (warehouse store only)
Tuna (canned) 160 gr 1.06 to 4.81 ea 1.05 ea or 10 each for 9.99 (warehouse)
Sardines (canned) .63 to 4.42 ea .90 each
Spam ® lunchmeat 340 gr 4.87 2.83 (warehouse) to 3.29 ea
Zwan  ® lunchmeat 340 gr 4.59 Not available
Zwan  ® hotdogs 300 gr 3.02 to 4.30 Not available
Soup – Campbells condensed 10 3.4 oz 2.18 1.25 to 1.55 or 12 ea for 11.49 (warehouse)
Fruit – canned (Del Monte Fruit Cocktail) 15 oz 1.61 1.49 to 1.55
Fruit – canned applesauce 750 gr jar 1.84 2.19 (23 oz 652 gr jar)
Vegetables –  canned

Corn (Del Monte)

Green Beans (DM)

Green Beans (DM)

Potatos (DM)

15.25 oz

29 oz

14.5 oz

29 oz

1.27

2.57

1.10

2.63

.95

Size not available

.99 can

Size not available

Pork & Beans (Van Camps) 31 oz 1.90 2.19
Dried Beans –White 454 gr (1 lb) 1.17 1.40
Dried Beans –(pink, lentils, split peas) 454 gr 1.17 Not available
Dried Beans –Pinto 454 gr Not available 2.25
Dried popcorn 454 gr 1.45 Not available (all popcorn is microwavable here)
Olives (green) 950 ml jar 4.42 Not available
Mix – Brownie (Betty Crocker) 19.9 oz box 5.31 Not available
Mix – Pancake (Betty Crocker) 37 oz box 5.70 2.85
Peanut Butter (Skippy Creamy) 28 oz jar 6.65 4.99
Coffee – Ground

(Maxwell House)

34.5 oz Not available 9.49 – 12.05
Coffee – Ground

(unfamiliar brands)

Box of 4 each of

250 gr pkg

6.21 to 16.22 Not available
Coffee – Instant 200 gr 7.81 5.85 (226 gr)
Coffee – Espresso 250 gr 2.79 to 31.11 Not available
Juice – orange, apple, grapefruit, pineapple, mixed tropical fruits 1 liter boxes 1.23 to 2.85 Boxed juices not available
Juice – Cran-Apple® 1 gallon Not available 4.90
Juice – apple 1 gallon Not available in this size 3.69
Juice – pineapple 1 gallon Not available in this size 4.50

DAIRY PRODUCTS

Eggs Dozen 4.02 1.75
Butter (fresh) 454 gr 3.30 3.69 lb
Butter (Canned – Anchor NZ) 454 gr 3.53 Not available
Milk – boxed 1 liter 1.54 1.75
Milk – powdered 300 gr can (makes 2.4 liters) 3.63 4.95 (400 gr can)
Cheese – Camembert 145 gr 4.19 Not available
Cheese – Laughing Cow 8 portions

24 portions

2.07

6.21

Not available

SNACKS

Lays “Classic” chips 6 ½ oz bag 3.30 2.59
Pringles Can 3.58 2.25
Ligo (generic “Pringles”) Can 2.18 Not available
Tostitos 10 oz bag 5.87 3.99
M & M Plain 300 gr bag 10.01 No comparable size
M & M Peanut 300 gr bag 7.77 No comparable size

FRESH PRODUCE

Available daily Delivered only twice a month **
Tomatos Kilo 7.49 (local) Unavailable
Cucumbers Kilo 3.13 (local) Unavailable
Onions Kilo/lb 1.23 kilo (NZ) .75 lb
Garlic Kilo/lb 4.70 kilo (NZ) 3.92 lb
Potatos Kilo/lb .90 kilo .75 lb
Cabbage Kilo/lb 3.30 kilo red

5.03 kilo green (US)

.80 to .95 lb
Carrots Kilo/lb 1.36  (NZ) Unavailable
Oranges Kilo 3.13  (local) Unavailable
Pineapple Each 2.18  (local) Unavailable
Bananas Kilo 1.67 kilo (local) .85 lb (local)
Apples (red delicious) Kilo 4.58 kilo (U.S.) Unavailable
Pears (D’Anjou) Kilo 5.03 (U.S.) .65 each
** Much of the imported produce is sold in bulk at the warehouse store but supplies are limited and often run out (as was the case when we were there).

ALCOHOL

Beer
6 pack (bottles) 13.09 (Bud) 8.30 (Coors Light)
6 pack (11.5 oz can) 13.42 (Hinano) Not available
6 pack (bottles) 15.10 (Heineken) Not available
24 can case 39.11 (Hinano) Not available
Coors Light 24 can case (12 oz) 43.63 26.99
24 bottle case 48.10 (Heineken) Not available
Wine
HUGE variety of red wines (mostly Bordeaux) and imports from Australia, Chile, Italy and New Zealand) 750 ml Prices range from 7.77 to 73.80 Very limited variety (mostly California) ranging 6.50 to 23.50
Carlo Rossi (only US wine) 3 liter jug 39.11 Not available
Box wines – can’t recommend them – the tropical heat spoils them prior to purchase 1 liter to 3 liter boxes 5.93 to 36.87 Only available at warehouse or liquor stores – 34.05 for 5 liter box
SPIRITS
Scotch
J & B 700 ml bottle 35.19 38.99 Liter
Cutty Sark 700 ml bottle 35.19 15.99
Chivas (12 yr) 700 ml bottle 67.08 32.99 (warehouse)
Glenlivet (12 yr single) 700 ml bottle 102.84 Not available
Rum
Bacardi “Superior” 700 ml bottle 58.13 25.50 Liter (Bacardi Gold)
(HUGE variety of local/imported rums available in Tahiti at prices ranging from 17.85 up)
Imported spirits available in Tahiti but generally very expensive Limited imported spirits only available in Pago Pago at liquor store

CLEANING PRODUCTS

Laundry soap

(French products)

3 liter jugs (liquid – powders are cheaper) 14.49 to 18.91 Not available
Laundry soap

(Tide, Gain, All Liquid)

Not available
Dish soap (Palmolive) 500 ml bottle

750 ml bottle

4.53

6.49

2.95 (848 ml bottle)
Toilet tissue

Charmin

Scott

6 rolls (basic)

10 rolls (basic)

4 rolls (super)

6 rolls (super)

2.90

6.04

Not available

Not available

5.40

3.99

5.69

Paper towels

Bounty

2 rolls (Viva)

1 roll

5.09 1.55
Kleenex 275 each 4.86 2.79 (250 each)
Kleenex (generic) 150 each 2.18 Not available
Toothpaste (Colgate) 50 ml tube

75 ml tube

2.18 1.50
Baby Powder (Johnsons) 400 gr bottle

623 gr bottle

6.43 4.99
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