Lancaster (CBS)-Supply chain issues may mean that this year’s Thanksgiving dinner project will be harder to find.
According to the market research company IRI, by the end of October, the stock-out rate for turkeys was 60%. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that the production of fresh turkey fell by 1.4% this year.
IRI also reported that cranberry sauce was out of stock by 20%, and yams and sweet potatoes were out of stock by a quarter.
Bob’s turkey farm in Lancaster is already feeling the effects of supply chain issues. More than two weeks before Thanksgiving, they ran out of fresh turkey.
“This is crazy,” said Bob’s co-owner Susan Miner. “People called in August to order their turkeys, and we won’t even activate our ordering system until September 27. Immediately, hundreds of turkeys come in and place orders every day.”
Miner said that due to staff shortages, her farm handled fewer turkeys this year. She also believes that customers flock to her company early because of concerns about shortages in grocery stores.
“I sympathize with our customers because people who have been buying here for many years are used to being able to call,” she said.
Supply chain issues have also affected other products sold by Bob’s, such as fillings and cranberry sauce.
“For example, our fillings. My supplier, I can’t buy bread,” Mina said. “We all have the same supply problem. We have to make up for it with something else.”
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