A snapshot of the turkey industry in Canada (2017)

Number of Turkey Farmers 542
Total Turkey Production – All Categories (million kg) 170.9
Total Farmgate Value (million $) – 2017 384
Total Turkey Meat Exports (million kg) 24.3
Total Turkey Meat Imports (million kg) 2.8
Number of Commercial Turkey Hatcheries 8
Number of Federally Inspected Turkey Processing Plants 18
Turkey Farmers of Canada; Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada; Statistics Canada Reviewed June 2018

Annual and seasonal consumption statistics (2017)

Annual:

  • Canadians consumed 153.1 million kg (Mkg) of turkey in the year 2017.
  • Per capita turkey consumption in 2017 was 4.2 kg.
  • An estimated 57.6 Mkg of turkey and turkey products were purchased at retail by Canadians in 2017.
  • Of that 57.6 Mkg, 43.2 Mkg of whole turkeys were purchased.
  • In 2017, Canadian households consumed a total of 7.2 million whole turkeys.
  • Annual sales of turkey parts and processed turkey products in Canadian supermarkets increased from 8.8 Mkg in 1993, to 14.0 Mkg in 2017.

Thanksgiving:

  • At Thanksgiving 2017, 2.2 million whole turkeys were purchased by Canadians, equal to 31% of all whole turkeys that were sold over the year.
  • 29% of all Canadian households (4.2 million) purchased turkey and turkey products for Thanksgiving 2017.

Christmas:

  • At Christmas 2017, 3.3 million whole turkeys were purchased by Canadians, equal to 47% of all whole turkeys that were sold over the year.
  • 36% of Canadian households (5.1 million) purchased turkey and turkey products for Christmas 2017.

 

Canadian Turkey Stats 1974-2017 e-Book

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

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