Butterball, the turkey producer that supplies about 20% of American turkeys, announced a shortage of fresh birds over 16 pounds.
Many news outlets ran stories that warned Americans that turkeys would be hard to come by this Thanksgiving. Now newer reports are saying that’s not the case.
There will still be plenty of frozen and smaller Butterball turkeys as well as other turkey producers who are willing to fill the void left by Butterball.
Big Y World Class Markets released a statement informing its customers that Butterball had let supermarket officials know about the shortage. Big Y says in their statement that they plan to offer more frozen versions of Butterball birds. They also suggest that customers who are only interested in purchasing fresh turkeys use a different brand.
Butterball hasn’t given much explanation for the shortage. The only reason that has been given so far is that the turkeys simply didn’t grow as large as the company hoped.
This year is starting to seem like the year of shortages. Before 2013 even began the US Department of Agriculture and Britain’s National Pig Association warned of a global bacon shortage.
Now Sriracha fans are anxiously waiting to hear if the factory in Irwindale will be closed due to complaints about residents’ health.
Shortage scares aside; there should be plenty of turkeys available for those who want them, fresh or otherwise.
Written by: Emily Gadd