Butterball CEO: Smaller Thanksgiving turkeys may be harder to find this year

Make room in that freezer.

Shoppers who want a smaller Thanksgiving turkey may want to start looking for them now.

"We don't expect there to be a shortage overall, but we do see that there are going to be fewer small turkeys this year," Butterball President and CEO Jay Jandrain told Neil Cavuto on Fox Business. 

The company is working to make sure there is still a range of turkey products available for Thanksgiving, according to Butterball's public relations manager, Christa Leupen.

"Over the past year, our network of turkey growers and our team members have had to manage through challenges that impact the availability of certain sizes or products," Leupen said. "The good news is that it is just as easy to cook a larger turkey as it is a smaller turkey, and the larger turkey means more leftovers – which for many people is one of the best parts of the Thanksgiving meal."

Jandrain advised shoppers to "go out to the stores and get them as early as you can," noting that many retailers have seen swift sales earlier than usual.

Those turkeys could also cost more than before.

Food prices have continued to increase throughout the pandemic, jumping 4.6% overall since September 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Meats, poultry, fish and eggs have seen the highest spike, with a combined 10.5% increase year-over-year, according the Consumer Price Index numbers for August.

While Jandrain said Butterball doesn't set prices for retailers, he told Cavuto, "It is reasonable to expect that there will be some increase in cost this year."

Contributing: Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY

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