A snapshot of the turkey industry in Canada (2021)

Number of Turkey Farmers 513
Total Turkey Production – All Categories (million kg) 150.3
Total Farmgate Value (million $) – 2021 397.1
Total Turkey Meat Exports (million kg) 22.3
Total Turkey Meat Imports (million kg) 2.7
Number of Commercial Turkey Hatcheries 7
Number of Federally Inspected Turkey Processing Plants 17
Turkey Farmers of Canada; Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada; Statistics Canada Reviewed September 2022

Annual and seasonal consumption statistics (2021)

Annual:

  • Canadians consumed 133.3 million kg (Mkg) of turkey in the year 2021.
  • Per capita turkey consumption in 2021 was 3.5 kg.
  • The Nielson Company reported an estimated 47.7.3 Mkg of turkey and turkey products were purchased at retail by Canadians in 2021 (excluding deli).
  • Of that 47.7.3 Mkg, 36.5 Mkg of whole turkeys were purchased.
  • In 2021, 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 10.7 Mkg in 2017, to 11.2 Mkg in 2021 (excluding deli).

Thanksgiving:

  • At Thanksgiving 2021, 2.7 million whole turkeys were purchased by Canadians, equal to 45% of all whole turkeys that were sold over the year.

Christmas:

  • At Christmas 2021, 2.1 million whole turkeys were purchased by Canadians, equal to 35% of all whole turkeys that were sold over the year.

 

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

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