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TURKEY STATISTICS

The USDA forecast for the number of turkeys raised in the U.S. in 2014 is 242 million.  (Minnesota 45 million; North Carolina 35 million; Arkansas 29 million; Indiana 17 million; Missouri 17 million; and Virginia 6 million).

According to USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, 254 million turkey were raised in the U.S. in 2012.

In 2012 Minnesota was tops in turkey production (46 million), followed by North Carolina (36 million), Arkansas (29 million), Missouri (18 million), Virginia (17 million), Indiana (17 million) and California (16 million).
These seven states together accounted for about 70 percent of U.S. turkeys produced in 2012.
(USDA)

Per Capita Consumption of Turkey in U.S. (2010): 16.4 lbs

Almost 50% of Americans eat turkey at least once every 2 weeks.

In the U.S. about 25% of turkeys are sold as whole turkeys.

Almost 18% of turkeys are sold to restaurants and other foodservice outlets.

The turkey industry employs between 20,000 and 25,000 people in the United States.

In 1970, 50% of all turkey was consumed during the holidays. Today (2009) 32% is consumed during the holidays.

Turkey Value: From 1954 to 2007, the price of turkeys increased 61 percent, compared to all U.S. farm products increasing 215 percent.

An estimated 271 million turkeys were raised in the United States in 2007. The estimate for 2008 is about the same.

In 2007, the turkeys produced weighed 7.9 billion pounds altogether and were valued at $3.7 billion. 

    • Minnesota raised 49 million turkeys
    • North Carolina (39 million)
    • Arkansas (31 million)
    • Virginia (21 million)
    • Missouri (20 million)
    • Indiana (15.9 million).

These six states together account for nearly 2 of every 3 turkeys produced in 2007 and 2008.
US Census Bureau, October 2008

• U.S. per capita consumption of Turkey 2007: 17.5 lbs

U.S. per Capita Turkey consumption:
(a good portion of this is consumed at Thanksgiving time)

    • Per capita consumption in 2007: 17.5 lbs
    • Per capita consumption in 2002: 14 pounds
    • Per capita consumption in 1990: 13.8 lbs.
    • Per capita consumption in 1980:  8.1 lbs
    US Census Bureau, October 2008

• The typical American consumed 14 pounds of turkey in 2002 -- no doubt a good bit of it at Thanksgiving time.

• Per capita turkey consumption was virtually the same as in 1990 (13.8 pounds), but 70 percent higher than in 1980 (8.1 pounds).
US Census Bureau, October 2004

2001 Highest Per Capita consumption of turkey:
• Israel 28.8 pounds
• United States  17.5 pounds
• France  14.5 pounds
• Italy  12.3 pounds
• Germany  11 pounds
• United Kingdom  9.3 pounds
• Canada  9.3 pounds.
 

 

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