Don Young Port of Alaska in Anchorage
Don Young Port of Alaska in Anchorage

How one cargo ship delay sends ripples through Alaska’s food supply chain

Published: February 13, 2018

Anchorage Daily News
By: Annie Zak

It's not an uncommon problem in Alaska groceries: A whole shelf meant for bananas was almost completely empty one day last week at the Fred Meyer store in Midtown Anchorage.

Keeping fresh produce that's grown thousands of miles away in stock here is a delicate system that grocers have been perfecting for years. Still, one 24-hour delay — recently, a cargo ship needing a repair and stuck in Tacoma, Washington  — can send swift ripples through the food supply chain.

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