STATEN ISLAND, NY — Thanksgiving is just weeks away, but according to a recent report, there may not already be enough turkeys to go around.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is warning families that turkeys may cost more this Thanksgiving due to a nationwide shortage of turkeys. An outbreak of bird flu resulted in the death or culling of about 6 million turkeys, about 14% of the U.S. turkey population, Syracuse.com reported.
Prices in Turkey have already increased by about 28% compared to the same time last year. An 8 to 16-pound turkey costs $1.47 per pound, according to USDA data, compared to $1.15 last year.
Potatoes, gravy and other Thanksgiving products are also expected to cost more as a result of inflation, which hit a decades-high last spring, with the cost of all consumer goods rising 8.5%, according to data from the Bureau. of Labor Statistics. Consumer price index.
And according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, all food prices are projected to rise between 4.5% and 5.5% by 2022.
Low-cost grocer Aldi, which plans to open a Staten Island branch next year, has announced its part in correcting the holiday food cost crisis by officially discounting Thanksgiving staples to lower prices. from the 2019 circular.