Turkey prices remain high, but expect to spend less

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The Karns food store along Route 22 in Lower Paxton Township is starting to stock up on frozen turkeys in preparation for Thanksgiving.

Prices were higher last year after an avian flu outbreak wiped out about 7 million turkeys.

“The biggest issue we ran into last year, not Karns but countrywide, is that some stores just did not have the inventory in turkey to supply all the demand,” said Todd Keys, director of meat operations for Karns.

Keys says the supply is starting to rebound, which is good news for shoppers because turkey prices are starting to fall.

“We are about 20 cents per pound lower this year,” he said.

The average Thanksgiving turkey weighs about 15 pounds, which means a savings of three dollars.

Keys said that gives shoppers more money to splurge.

“What we see in the grocery industry is that at the holiday time, people like what they like,” he said. “Typically, (they) don’t like to cut corners for their holiday meals.”

Keys recommends that if you like a certain weight for your turkey, get it as soon as possible.

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