With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Butterball, the nation’s largest turkey producer, is facing a shortage of fresh large birds, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Butterball, which is based in Garner, told the newspaper that its poultry had trouble gaining weight on some of its farms. The company did not explain why.
Butterball still has ample supplies of its frozen large varieties, which are birds 16 pounds and heavier.
“We experienced a decline in weight gains on some of our farms causing a limited availability of large, fresh turkeys,” Stephanie Llorente, a spokeswoman for Butterball, said in a written statement Friday. “While we are continuing to evaluate all potential causes, we are working to remedy the issue. We sincerely regret the inconvenience that some of our customers have experienced as a result of this issue.”
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Butterball produces 1 billion pounds of turkey every year, equal to 20 percent of the nation’s production, according to its website.
In addition to its headquarters in Garner, the company has a processing plant in Mount Olive.