SINGAPORE: It’s good news for consumers in this year’s Chinese rice dumpling season as the prices of the delicacy are staying the same at some shops.
Retailers Channel NewsAsia spoke to said fuel prices may have risen in recent months.
But the cost of ingredients have stayed the same.
Shop owners said they have been able to hold prices because of the highly competitive market.
A key challenge this year though, is finding the necessary temporary staff, to pump up production for the peak period.
Managing director of Eastern Rice Dumpling Lim Cheng Hwee said: "In the past, we pay about S$1,500, S$1,600 a month for a part—time (worker). But this time round, I even offered S$2,000 a month, after speaking they didn’t turn up for the job, so it’s quite a headache.
"We’re even considering getting students, like junior college and university students as part timers, since the festival falls within their holiday period."
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