Industry Statistics

A snapshot of the turkey industry in Canada (2014)

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  • #
  • Number of Turkey Farmers
  • 527 (2013)
  • Total Turkey Production - All Categories (million kg)
  • 167.7
  • Total Farmgate Value (million $)
  • 359.9 (2013)
  • Total Turkey Meat Exports (million kg)
  • 21.9
  • Total Turkey Meat Imports (million kg)
  • 2.6
  • Number of Commercial Turkey Hatcheries
  • 8
  • Number of Federally Inspected Turkey Processing Plants
  • 19
  • CTMA c.o.b. Turkey Farmers of Canada; Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada; Statistics Canada
    Reviewed April 2015
Monthly Turkey Market Highlights
A monthly update on Canadian turkey stocks, supply and disappearance.
Canadian Turkey Stats 1974-2013 e-Book
A statistical history of the Canadian turkey industry, with select information on competing meats and international markets.

Annual and seasonal consumption statistics (2014)

Annual:
  • Canadians consumed 147.0 million kg (Mkg) of turkey in the year 2014.
  • Per Capita turkey consumption in 2014 was 4.1 kg.
  • An estimated 69.9 Mkg of turkey and turkey products were purchased at retail by Canadians in 2014.
  • Of that 69.9 Mkg, 51.7 Mkg of whole turkeys were purchased.
  • In 2014, Canadian households consumed a total of 8.5 million whole turkeys.
  • Annual sales of turkey parts and processed turkey products in Canadian supermarkets increased from 8.8 Mkg in 1993, to 18.2 Mkg in 2014.
Thanksgiving:
  • At Thanksgiving 2014, 3.1 million whole turkeys were purchased by Canadians, equal to 37% of all whole turkeys that were sold over the year.
  • 33% of all Canadian households (4.6 million) purchased turkey and turkey products for Thanksgiving 2014.
Christmas:
  • At Christmas 2014, 3.8 million whole turkeys were purchased by Canadians, equal to 44% of all whole turkeys that were sold over the year.
  • 38% of Canadian households (5.3 million) purchased turkey and turkey products for Christmas 2014.