A snapshot of the turkey industry in Canada (2018)

Number of Turkey Farmers 531
Total Turkey Production – All Categories (million kg) 168.1
Total Farmgate Value (million $) – 2018 392
Total Turkey Meat Exports (million kg) 20.6
Total Turkey Meat Imports (million kg) 2.7
Number of Commercial Turkey Hatcheries 8
Number of Federally Inspected Turkey Processing Plants 19
Turkey Farmers of Canada; Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada; Statistics Canada Reviewed August 2019

Annual and seasonal consumption statistics (2018)

Annual:

  • Canadians consumed 153.9 million kg (Mkg) of turkey in the year 2018.
  • Per capita turkey consumption in 2018 was 4.2 kg.
  • An estimated 51.3 Mkg of turkey and turkey products were purchased at retail by Canadians in 2018.
  • Of that 51.3 Mkg, 36.6 Mkg of whole turkeys were purchased.
  • In 2018, Canadian households consumed a total of 6.1 million whole turkeys.
  • Annual sales of turkey parts and processed turkey products in Canadian supermarkets increased from 8.8 Mkg in 1993, to 14.7 Mkg in 2018.

Thanksgiving:

  • At Thanksgiving 2018, 2.2 million whole turkeys were purchased by Canadians, equal to 35% of all whole turkeys that were sold over the year.
  • 28% of all Canadian households (4.0 million) purchased turkey and turkey products for Thanksgiving 2018.

Christmas:

  • At Christmas 2018, 2.4 million whole turkeys were purchased by Canadians, equal to 39% of all whole turkeys that were sold over the year.
  • 31% of Canadian households (4.5 million) purchased turkey and turkey products for Christmas 2018.

 

Canadian Turkey Stats 1974-2018 e-Book

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

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