Products Made in Hawaii, distributed solely in Hawaii, or unique to Hawaii.
- Last year’s show resulted in 185 new items selected for inclusion in the commissary system on O’ahu – including products from ten companies that had previously never done business with DeCA
- The combined Military Exchanges added 15 new companies and over 300 new line items to their selection
- Over the course of the show’s eighteen year history, 2,452 local products have been added to Commissary shelves.
- The ALA Hawaii food show features products Made in Hawaii, distributed solely in Hawaii, or unique to Hawaii.
- DeCA grosses more than $5.6 billion annually and sales in Hawaii commissaries account for more than $250 annually.
- The expo has been held since 1998 and gives companies an opportunity to display their goods at one venue.
- More than 80 local companies showcase about 2,000 products. Everything from cookies and coffee to biodegradable paper goods and toilet deodorizing drops.
- Hawaii commissaries routinely stock more than 100 varieties of locally grown fruits and vegetables and a total of more than 2,000 local grocery items.
- ALA Hawaii has donated over $20,000 to the Wounded Warrior Program in Hawaii and PSTD
- The ALA is a voluntary, nonprofit organization of manufacturers, their representatives, brokers, distributors, publishers and other companies that sell or provide products and services to the military. www.ala-national.org for more information.
- DeCA operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries at cost to 164,000 active-duty and retired members of the Armed Forces, Guard and Reserve members and their families located in Hawaii.
- A 5 percent surcharge added to each patron’s total purchase funds the cost of maintaining, replacing and modernizing existing commissaries, store level IT and equipment.
- Commissary shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent* worldwide on purchases, compared to commercial prices.
- Average savings in Hawaii is 40 percent.
- DeCA operates four commissaries in Hawaii, all on the island of Oahu.
- Commissaries and exchanges are separate entities. Exchanges apply a markup and generate earnings on goods sold to fund employee salaries, operating expenses and facility construction. A portion of their earnings is provided to the military services to fund Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs.