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Britain will have enough turkeys for Christmas, industry says

/ 05:39 PM November 15, 2021
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Turkeys are seen in the fields of Kings Coppice Farm, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, Cookham, Britain, November 10, 2020. REUTERS FILE PHOTO

LONDON — British poultry producers said on Monday there would be enough turkeys for Christmas after the industry focused on delivering whole birds to overcome a shortage of processing workers.

Richard Griffiths, CEO of the British Poultry Council (BPC), said customers will have less choice this year but insisted everyone who wants a bird will be able to buy one.

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“There will definitely be enough turkeys for Christmas. I think there will be a focus on whole birds and very simple crowns and roasts,” he said.

“This streamlining of our products choice has helped us in terms of overall volume.”

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Earlier this year, with the industry facing huge pressures from labour shortages due to the COVID-19 crisis and Brexit, the BPC had estimated that turkey production would be down by 20% this year, potentially threatening the traditional Christmas Day meal.

However, the government did allow the industry to recruit 5,500 temporary staff from overseas.

Fears of a festive shortage of fresh birds has prompted Britons to make early purchases of frozen ones.

Market researcher Kantar said last week that frozen poultry sales were 27% higher year-on-year in the four weeks to Oct. 31, with Britons spending an additional 6.1 million pounds ($8.2 million).

($1 = 0.7449 pounds)

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