A major poultry producer is warning that some turkeys may be in short supply this Thanksgiving.
The demand for smaller-size turkeys is on the rise as the restrictions due to the pandemic has made large-family gatherings smaller.
“Last year there was a lot more smaller turkey demand because of Covid,” Angela Wilson owned Avenado’s Holly Park Market in San Francisco said.
Many families were either forced to forego the turkey or buy a larger one and eat lots of leftovers.
A recent survey by turkey and meat producer Butterball found that pattern is not likely to change this year.
“We did see that about a third of consumers are planning to have a smaller gathering this year due to concerns about COVID-19 and the Delta variant,” said Rebeca Welch of Butterball.
She thinks it’s best to put in your order early.
“We do see that if there is a big shift towards people wanting to celebrate in smaller groups, that smaller turkeys may be harder to come by,” she warned.
Other reasons cited for a possible turkey shortage include a lack of truck drivers and a labor shortfall due to Covid-19.