How to Avoid Supply Chain Disruptions on Your Thanksgiving Table


  • The supply chain crisis can impact your Thanksgiving dinner due to shortages and price increases.
  • Everything from the size of the turkey to the price of cranberry sauce on your table will be a little different this year, experts warn.
  • Supply chain stress can be avoided by buying early and outsourcing your dinner to local restaurants.

Thanksgiving might look a little different this year as the United States grapples with the supply chain crisis.

Experts are warning consumers of rising prices, holiday staples that are low in stock, and shipping delays for last-minute table decorations. However, those who celebrate this American tradition can always remain grateful as there are ways to ensure that your gravy boat docks on your table in time for the feast.

While the perfect-sized holiday turkey for your table may be low in stock at the supermarket, manufacturers don’t expect a shortage of birds this holiday season.

“Due to the COVID issues with the delta variant, we are seeing 1/3 of consumers considering a smaller rally, so we expect demand to be similar to last year,” Christa said. Leupen, public relations manager at Butterball, at Insider. “If there’s a specific size turkey you want, your best bet is to shop early to make sure you can find it.”

The price per pound of turkey has increased in the United States due to reduced production expectations, according to a recent USDA report. Last year, as families and friends cut back on vacation gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic, smaller turkeys became increasingly popular, causing a shortage of birds under 16 pounds.

Experts are predicting the same trend during Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, with higher demand for turkeys between 8 and 16 pounds and lower overall turkey demand due to limited celebrations due to the ongoing pandemic.

While cranberry products will be plentiful in stores ahead of Thanksgiving, prices have increased, said Tom Hayes, CEO of Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc ..

Hayes, who spoke to Fox’s “Mornings with Maria” on Monday, said the company’s costs had risen due to supply chain issues related to transportation and rising prices for raw materials such as than plastic and aluminum.

“Ocean Spray has faced various supply chain challenges including materials, transportation and other factors,” the company told Insider in a statement. “While we don’t anticipate significant impacts, consumers can occasionally experience availability issues. “

Ocean Spray is currently facing a shortage of divers to transport its popular cranberry juice, dried cranberries and basic cranberry sauce ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, Hayes said. Currently, the United States faces a shortage of about 80,000 truck drivers, according to the American trucking associations.

“It’s a tough environment all around so costs are going to go up for cranberries and cranberry sauce,” Hayes said on the show, explaining that prices have gone up from “low double digits to high numbers. “.

Like cranberry products, the price of pumpkins has increased this year compared to last year, according to the USDA. However, experts don’t predict a shortage of pumpkins and pumpkin pie fillings for holiday dinners. While Libby’s pumpkin products saw a shortage of canned goods last year due to the delayed harvest, the same is not expected for this season, said brand manager Libby. , Kristin Mitchell, at the popular food website The Spruce Eats.

For Thanksgiving hosts and chefs who want to avoid potential supply chain setbacks on their store shelves, there are alternatives.

Local restaurants have been hit hard by the pandemic, and outsourcing part of your Thanksgiving dinner (or all of it) is a great way to show your support. Restaurants and bakeries have been preparing for the holidays for months now, creating menus and streamlining take-out orders for those who would rather not cook, options that have been popularized by the pandemic.

Even restaurant chains like Denny’s and Cracker Barrel are open on Thanksgiving Day and typically serve holiday specials. Grocery stores like Whole Foods and Publix offer vacation options that can serve up to 12 people and can be pre-booked and picked up in store to be reheated and served at home, making meal preparation easier than never.


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