Turkey Farm Sounds Alarm on Supply Chain Disaster Looming Over Horizon

In just a matter of weeks, Americans will gather in kitchens, dining rooms, and living rooms to give thanks, watch football, and eat turkey.

Well, at least that’s the traditional situation on Thanksgiving.  This year, thanks to supply chain issues, that last part of the equation may need to be subtracted.

Supply chain issues could mean Thanksgiving dinner items will be harder to find this year.

According to Market Research Firm IRI, by the end of October, turkeys were 60 percent out of stock. The USDA reports the production of fresh turkeys is down 1.4 percent this year.

IRI also reports that cranberry sauce is 20 percent out of stock and yams and sweet potatoes are a quarter out of stock.

The trouble came from a combination of supply chain issues.

Bob’s Turkey Farm in Lancaster is already feeling the effects of supply chain issues. More than two weeks before Thanksgiving, they are out of fresh turkeys.

“It’s been crazy,” said Susan Miner, co-owner of Bob’s. “People were calling in August wanting to order their turkeys and we would not even go live with our order system until September 27th. And right away, hundreds of turkeys coming in daily, orders.”

Miner said her farm is processing fewer turkeys this year due to a staffing shortage. She also believes that customers flocked to her business earlier out of fear of shortages at grocery stores.

If Joe Biden thought his approval ratings were tanking now, just wait until there are no turkeys on tables for Thanksgiving.