Demand Has Increased For Smaller Thanksgiving Turkeys

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By Cooking Panda

Experts say that this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday will look a lot different. With the pandemic still ongoing, food industry experts are expecting Turkey Season in particular to be a much smaller affair for many families this year. Needless to say many grocery chains are increasing their orders for smaller turkeys to prep for the upcoming holiday!

Russ Whitman, Senior Vice President at Urner Barry, a commodity market research firm, shared, “The buying arms of the major retailers and distributors are definitely trying to slant their purchases toward smaller turkeys.”  The New York Times also cited numerous surveys conducted by Butterball and Kroger (just to name a few) and more who have all found a large amount of their customers plan to hold smaller gatherings or dinners with just their immediate family members for Thanksgiving. 

To  meet the smaller turkey demand, CNN reported that many farmers are trying to harvest turkeys earlier than normal – in order to find smaller birds, of course. With that being said, there are tons of contracts that are finalized a year in advance so there will definitely be no shortage of large birds. Apparently, these things need to be prepared well in advance – John Peterson, whose family owned 140-acre Ferndale Market in Cannon Falls, MN., for 80 years, told The Times, “For us to have any meaningful impact on changing anything for Thanksgiving, those decisions had to be made in March or April.” Well, there you have it folks! This year, you just have the choice between both large and small turkeys. Which sized bird will you and yours be having this year? 

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