A snapshot of the turkey industry in Canada (2015)

Number of Turkey Farmers 535 
Total Turkey Production – All Categories (million kg) 171.0
Total Farmgate Value (million $) – 2015 396
Total Turkey Meat Exports (million kg) 19.2
Total Turkey Meat Imports (million kg) 2.7
Number of Commercial Turkey Hatcheries 8
Number of Federally Inspected Turkey Processing Plants 20
Turkey Farmers of Canada; Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada; Statistics Canada Reviewed October 2016

Annual and seasonal consumption statistics (2015)

Annual:

  • Canadians consumed 150.3 million kg (Mkg) of turkey in the year 2015.
  • Per capita turkey consumption in 2015 was 4.1 kg.
  • An estimated 60.8 Mkg of turkey and turkey products were purchased at retail by Canadians in 2015.
  • Of that 60.8 Mkg, 44.5 Mkg of whole turkeys were purchased.
  • In 2015, Canadian households consumed a total of 7.1 million whole turkeys.
  • Annual sales of turkey parts and processed turkey products in Canadian supermarkets increased from 8.8 Mkg in 1993, to 16.3 Mkg in 2015.

Thanksgiving:

  • At Thanksgiving 2015, 2.5 million whole turkeys were purchased by Canadians, equal to 34% of all whole turkeys that were sold over the year.
  • 32% of all Canadian households (4.6 million) purchased turkey and turkey products for Thanksgiving 2015.

Christmas:

  • At Christmas 2015, 3.3 million whole turkeys were purchased by Canadians, equal to 47% of all whole turkeys that were sold over the year.
  • 38% of Canadian households (5.4 million) purchased turkey and turkey products for Christmas 2015.

 

Monthly Turkey Market Highlights

A monthly update on Canadian turkey stocks, supply and disappearance.

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Canadian Turkey Stats 1974-2015 e-Book

A statistical history of the Canadian turkey industry, with select information on competing meats and international markets.

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