Walmart Canada serves up savings with Easter dinner for eight for $30

MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 30 /CNW/ - With Easter quickly approaching and Easter dinner preparations in full swing, Walmart Canada is helping Canadians celebrate the holiday with price reductions and everyday low prices on key holiday meal items. Walmart stores nationwide will offer a traditional Easter dinner for eight for less than $30.

At Walmart Canada, the Thursday before Good Friday is the busiest single day for food purchases, exceeding any single day before Christmas. "Easter is a holiday that revolves around family, tradition and food," said Les Mann senior vice president of food and consumables at Walmart Canada. "When it comes to purchasing the essentials for a traditional Easter dinner, Walmart Canada provides the price, convenience and quality that Canadians are looking for."

For most Canadians, ham is the meat of choice at Easter. Customers can purchase the following items for an eight-person Easter dinner for under $30:

Supercentre Easter Dinner

    -   Black Forest Ham
    -   Potatoes, 10lb
    -   Mini carrots, 2lb
    -   Dinner rolls, 12-pack
    -   Ocean Spray Cranberry Cocktail
    -   Apple pie, 10"

Discount Store Easter Dinner

    -   Ham
    -   Betty Crocker potatoes
    -   Green Giant frozen vegetables
    -   Pillsbury crescent rolls, 2 packages
    -   Ocean Spray Cranberry Cocktail
    -   Apple pie, 10"
    -   Nestle Parlour Frozen Desserts

    Easter Confectionery

In 2009, Canadians spent 97 million dollars on Easter candy.* Easter is the top holiday for chocolate sales and ranks the No. 3 holiday for confectionery sales behind Christmas and Halloween. According to Walmart sales data, Eastern Canadians are shopping early for Easter chocolates while Ontarians prefer to indulge closer to the holiday. Western Canadians are stocking up on the popular one-pound chocolate bunny helping Walmart Canada stay on track to sell more than one million of these bunnies nationwide.

Shoppers looking for affordable brand name chocolate Easter treats can find these great deals and more at Walmart stores:

    -   Cadbury mini eggs (200 g), $3.00
    -   Toblerone Easter Gift Box (180 g - 200 g) - $5.97
    -   Lilliput foil covered chocolate eggs (335 g), $2.50
    -   Comet one-pound milk chocolate rabbit, $1.98

    * Source: Nielsen Market Track; National All Channels; 4Wks Ending
        April 11, 2009.

About Walmart Canada

Walmart Canada operates 317 outlets nationwide serving more than one million Canadians each day. With more than 80,000 associates, the company is the nation's third-largest employer. Walmart Canada's corporate culture was recently ranked among the 10 most admired corporate cultures in Canada by Waterstone Human Capital Inc.

For further information: Susan Schutta, Walmart Canada, (905) 821-2111 x8012