“Our stores have a lot of turkeys” despite shortages across the country

Although the USDA is predicting a shortage of frozen turkey for Thanksgiving, local grocers are assured there will be plenty to enjoy. Seattle.

Earlier this fall, USDA Comparison Number of turkeys frozen in cold storage in 2021 to number in 2020 and average from 2018-2020. The research found a 24% decrease in whole turkeys and frozen turkey parts as of August 2021 — the lowest number in three years.

While 428.1 million pounds of turkey were found in cold storage across the country in August, that was 19% less than in August of 2020 and about 7 million pounds less than at the end of July 2021.

USDA Economic Research Service using data from the USDA, the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

USDA

The sharp decline can be attributed to slower turkey production. Feed costs have risen over the past few years, putting a financial strain on turkey farms, and leading to a decline in turkey numbers.

Turkey chick numbers were also measured in August, as August is the latest a chick can be born and bred to fully grown by Thanksgiving. In August 2021, the number of chicks was about 4% below the three-year average.


Despite the USDA analysis, local grocery stores are hoping the availability of turkey won’t be affected in the Seattle area.

In an email to SeattlePI, a representative for Fred Meyer said, “Our marketing team made early purchases for the holiday this year, and as a result we have a large stock of fresh and frozen turkeys.”

In a separate email, a QFC representative shared a similar confidence in supplying chain turkeys, saying: “We remain focused on providing a complete, fresh and friendly experience to our customers, and while that requires a bit of ongoing flexibility and proactivity as the supply chain continues to evolve, And we feel like we’re in a good place.” “At the last check, our stores in the QFC have a lot of turkeys,” the delegate added.

The SeattlePI Foundation has contacted a Safeway brand representative, but at the time of publication received no response.

A shopper walks past turkeys for sale at a grocery store prior to the Thanksgiving holiday on November 11, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

A shopper walks past turkeys for sale at a grocery store before the Thanksgiving holiday on November 11, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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To avoid the frenzy in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, it is advisable to pre-order the turkey. Metropolitan Market Both cooked and uncooked turkey and pork are now reserved. The local chain also offers full pre-cooked meals, including pancakes.

PCC Markets Turkey, roast beef and pork are also reserved. Although PCC doesn’t offer as many options as Metropolitan Market, they do offer pre-orders for some popular Thanksgiving side dish packages.

If avoiding cooking altogether is your speed, These 9 Seattle-area restaurants serve Thanksgiving dinner. Pre-orders are now open for all locations.



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