If you don’t see turkey for your upcoming Christmas dinner at the grocery store, don’t panic.
The Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council says turkeys are plentiful. However, there may be delays in delivering turkeys to the grocery store due to supply chain issues.
“They may have to go back to the store a second time if they can’t find it the first time. We are very, very confident that Canadians will find the product they are looking for, ”said Council President Jean-Michel Laurin.
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Processing spiked about 10 percent this year as manufacturers expected larger gatherings compared to 2020.
“We were expecting more demand this year, so we ramped up production to make sure there was a turkey on the table,” said Laurin.
There could be a slight jump in prices thanks to the pandemic and the ongoing drought, he said. These higher prices are already showing up in some parts of the country.
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“What are turkeys fed while they are growing? Well, it’s mostly corn, soy, and other grain products. Turkeys take about six months to rear. And last year we saw that the cost of grain is much higher compared to previous years, ”said Laurin.
According to the BC Turkey Marketing Board, Turkish producers in British Columbia had to raise prices this Christmas season due to extreme weather events.
“We are faced with incredibly high prices for our wheat products, which is the main reason for some price spikes,” said Michel Benoit of the BC Turkey Marketing Board.
Officials hope prices will return to more normal levels in the new year.
While you may need a little patience, Laurin is confident that everyone will find the right turkey for Christmas dinner.
“There are small and large. They should have some meat to support the family and to last into the new year. No need to panic buying across the country, ”said Laurin.
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