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Turkey Inflation Hits Thanksgiving

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Ridgewood NJ, Turkey might be the focus dish of Thanksgiving, but this year, the bird is getting attention for an entirely different reason. Thanks to a raging bird flu – highly pathogenic avian influenza, to be exact – wreaking havoc at farms across the U.S., this holiday staple is in short supple.

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As Walter Kunisch, senior commodities strategist at Hilltop Securities Commodities, told Fox Business, “Year-to-date, 2022 turkey production is the lowest in 10 years and is running 5 percent below 2012 levels.” And it’s not expected to get better in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. Kunisch notes that turkey production for this year is estimated to be -4.3 percent compared to 2021.

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Inflationary pressures are hitting your dinner table , “Flour is up 20 plus percent, bread is up 17 percent, milk is up 17 percent, and yes, all those fixins’ that you love to have on the side of Thanksgiving are all double digits right now. It’s going to cost more. I think people need to plan for that,” Ted Jenkin told CNN on Sunday, adding that this year may be the most expensive in Thanksgiving history.

But according to Butterball, the country’s leading brand for Thanksgiving turkeys. “The limited cases of HPAI that we have experienced in our contract farms have not led to supply disruptions and there are no measurable impacts on Butterball Thanksgiving turkeys,” says Christa Leupen, a Butterball spokesperson. “For Butterball, availability will look largely the same as last year and we anticipate having a wide range of sizes available for both fresh and frozen whole turkeys.”

If in doubt you can always hunt your own in New Jersey ,the 2022 fall turkey season opened last Saturday, October 29, and continues through Saturday, Nov. 5 (excluding Sunday, October 30). Permits are available for all Turkey Hunting Areas but may be running low in some – don’t wait any longer! Hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset.

Get your permit and enjoy some quality time while the woods are full of color – and turkeys!

One thought on “Turkey Inflation Hits Thanksgiving

  1. You know what this year I’m making chicken. And then I buy turkey gravy and put it on top of the chicken. Trust me no one will know

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