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A snapshot of the turkey industry in Canada (2016)

Number of Turkey Farmers 551
Total Turkey Production – All Categories (million kg) 183.3
Total Farmgate Value (million $) – 2016 412
Total Turkey Meat Exports (million kg) 26.1
Total Turkey Meat Imports (million kg) 3.1
Number of Commercial Turkey Hatcheries 8
Number of Federally Inspected Turkey Processing Plants 17
Turkey Farmers of Canada; Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada; Statistics Canada Reviewed June 2017

Annual and seasonal consumption statistics (2016)

Annual:

  • Canadians consumed 154.4 million kg (Mkg) of turkey in the year 2016.
  • Per capita turkey consumption in 2016 was 4.3 kg.
  • An estimated 58.8 Mkg of turkey and turkey products were purchased at retail by Canadians in 2016.
  • Of that 58.8 Mkg, 44.8 Mkg of whole turkeys were purchased.
  • In 2016, Canadian households consumed a total of 7.3 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 2016.

Thanksgiving:

  • At Thanksgiving 2016, 2.6 million whole turkeys were purchased by Canadians, equal to 40% of all whole turkeys that were sold over the year.
  • 30% of all Canadian households (4.2 million) purchased turkey and turkey products for Thanksgiving 2016.

Christmas:

  • At Christmas 2016, 3.1 million whole turkeys were purchased by Canadians, equal to 41.7% of all whole turkeys that were sold over the year.
  • 33% of Canadian households (4.7 million) purchased turkey and turkey products for Christmas 2016.

 

Canadian Turkey Stats 1974-2016 e-Book

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

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