Turkey shoppers appear to downsize as Thanksgiving celebrations get small

By , KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Many of the scaled-down Thanksgiving dinner plans are being reflected by the size of turkeys people are buying.

Glen Moyer, owner of Haring Brothers Meats in Doylestown, is selling almost three times as many 10- to 14-pound turkeys this year.

“Last year let's say we sold 100 of them. This year, we’re selling 250 of them,” Moyer said.

Moyer had to scramble to avoid running out, calling his supplier and asking to swap out big turkeys for the smaller ones.

There’s no shortage of turkeys overall, but demand for small birds is clearly outstripping supply.

Some stores are offering to cut 20- to 25-pound birds in half to accommodate dinner hosts who’ve been crossing a lot of people off their guest lists.

“I usually have about 22 to 25 people and I’m only having four. And maybe only three, I’m waiting to hear from that fourth person,” said customer Sophia Nekoranick.

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