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Turkey Shortage: Butterball Won't Be Able To Fill All Its Orders

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By Morgan Chilson   |   Monday, 18 Nov 2013 05:39 PM

Butterball, which supplies about 20 percent of the turkeys for the United States, has announced a fresh turkey shortage, saying they will not be able to supply all of the turkeys ordered by their customers.

The shortage affects 16-pound turkeys and above, and doesn’t impact frozen Butterball turkeys, Quartz reported.

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“We experienced a decline in weight gains on some of our farms causing a limited availability of large, fresh turkeys,” Butterball said in a statement. “While we are continuing to evaluate all potential causes, we are working to remedy the issue.”

ABC News said that once Butterball realized it wouldn’t be able to meet demand for the heavier turkeys, the company told customers it would cut orders in half to try and meet demand.

Quartz pointed out that weight hasn’t been a problem for turkeys in the past, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture reporting that turkeys increased in weight by 57 percent from 1965 to 2011.

Despite headlines and twitter feeds inciting panic among Thanksgiving cooks, CNN noted that it’s only large, fresh Butterball turkeys that are in short supply. Other turkey producers have plenty of main dishes for the national holiday.

In its statement, the company said, according to CNN, “Butterball and its retail partners have ample supply of frozen whole turkeys of all sizes — small, medium or large. While there may be limited availability on some larger sizes of fresh turkeys, Butterball has shipped 100 percent of customer orders of frozen whole turkeys and products are in distribution across the country.”

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