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Butterball CEO: Smaller Thanksgiving turkeys may be harder to find this year

Butterball CEO: Smaller Thanksgiving turkeys may be harder to find this year



Eve Chen
USA TODAY

Make room in that freezer.

Shoppers who want a smaller Thanksgiving turkey may want to start looking for them now.

"We don't expect there to be a shortage overall, but we do see that there are going to be fewer small turkeys this year," Butterball President and CEO Jay Jandrain told Neil Cavuto on Fox Business

Jandrain advised shoppers to "go out to the stores and get them as early as you can," noting that many retailers have seen swift sales earlier than usual.

Those turkeys could also cost more than before.

Food prices have continued to increase throughout the pandemic, jumping 4.6% overall since last September, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Meats, poultry, fish and eggs have seen the highest spike, with a combined 10.5% increase year-over-year, according the Consumer Price Index numbers for August.

While Jandrain said Butterball doesn't set prices for retailers, he told Cavuto, "It is reasonable to expect that there will be some increase in cost this year."

Contributing: Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY

A Costco shopper over turkeys in this file photo from November 2004.