Travel restrictions, a recession and socially distant Thanksgiving celebrations will not dent the number of turkeys on the store this holiday shelves.
US producers raised 222 million turkeys this year according to the Department of Agriculture, raising just 3 percent less in 2019. And market analysts expect an adequate supply thanks to the Centers for Disease Control and recommending the prevention of Americans not traveling. The season leads to more – but smaller – food.
Paul Jewelery economist and executive director of Leap Market Analytics Mark Jordan said that the supply of whole turkey on a per capita basis is really tight and this was the case before Kovid-19.
“The wheels were designed to go back in 2019 with reference to the birds ordered,” he said.
The industry faced challenges this year, Jordan said, temporarily closing several poultry plants in April and May as workers were sickened by coronaviruses.
“Some of them were down and they reopened and operations have returned to normal since June or so, but there are no discrepancies in supply,” Jordan said.
This may come as a relief to turkey producers in the Midwest, where most of the country’s turkeys arrive, but it leaves retailers who have already handled purchases that have a lot of logistics .
When asked about the supply of turkey, Walmart referred to NBC News in an online post, stating that it had a higher preference for small turkeys or turkeys by the pound, with more customers planning for smaller groups. Expects
“We have plenty of whole turkey, but this year, we have increased our assortment of bone-in and boneless turkey breasts by 20-30% in stores across the country,” Post said.
Jordan said the size of the turkey depends on whether the producers have decided to raise a male, called toms, which has large-tailed fans or female hens, which are smaller and weigh 12. Weighs 19 pounds.
“Those birds are getting a house in retail, and now it’s the case how does the holiday season move?” Jordan said.
Jordan said any additional turkey would be likely to be put on hold as retailers would try to lure customers around Christmas and Easter with discounts.