KANSAS CITY, MO. – The price tag of Thanksgiving will be up in 2021.

Recent US Bureau of Labor Statistics said that food prices at home are up 5.4% over the past 12 months.

With inflation still a concern for Americans, putting that turkey on the table next week will not look the same as it has in recent years.

Producers and processors were already dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the year, but fighting through this inflation is another challenge around the November holiday.

On this week’s MEAT+POULTRY podcast, Beth Breeding, vice president of communications and marketing for the National Turkey Federation, discusses turkey production trends.

Breeding describes how turkey farmers and producers tried to navigate the amount of turkey consumers were consuming during this COVID year and whether this is just a blip or the new normal.

She also explains what the turkey industry faced during COVID-19 and how it’s adapted over 2020 and 2021.


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