Thanksgiving Turkeys Are Smaller This Year

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Thanksgiving gatherings will be smaller this year and so will turkeys themselves. Anticipating smaller gatherings, grocers and distributors of turkey have been stocking shelves with smaller birds. The average size of a turkey at last year's Thanksgiving was 16 pounds.  However this year, grocers are stocking 20% more turkeys that are under 16 pounds. Grocers have also upped their orders for breast meat only birds in anticipation of a surge in customer demand in that department. However a recent survey found that 75% of people plan to buy the same size turkey they did last year. Perhaps smaller turkey are indicating people wanting more choices at the Thanksgiving table. Grocery stores are expecting other proteins to sell more this Thanksgiving than last, such as ham, beef, pork roast and meatless plant-based proteins. In any case, get your turkeys as soon as possible, especially if you are looking for a big bird. Also consider many stores will be closed Thanksgiving Day, meaning the lead up to Thanksgiving will be busier than previous years.

SOURCE: Delish

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