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Thanksgiving 2021: Butterball CEO doesn’t expect shortage of turkeys

Worried if you'll be able to get a turkey for this year's Thanksgiving dinner? The Butterball CEO told Yahoo Finance that they "don't expect a shortage of turkeys." You may not be able to get the size bird you were expecting, but, as he points out, that just means more for leftovers.

Video Transcript

JAY JANDRAIN: Overall, we don't expect a shortage of turkeys. We do expect there will be some differences in the sizes that the customer is going to find. The smaller turkeys will be a little bit tougher to come by. But the good news again, a larger turkey is not a problem, especially considering the fact that you have that much more turkey left over for the next day, which is always something that people look forward to in addition to the day itself.

And then, really from the pricing standpoint, the turkey price itself really hasn't changed that much. We're seeing retails very similar to what we saw last year. And then overall, in keeping with context, at about $1 a pound, turkey is an incredibly economical buy. So although the bird is larger, and it may be $20 or so for the bird you're buying, for the turkey you're buying, the relative cost is really quite low from a protein standpoint.

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