With Thanksgiving this week, it’s time to update our chart of Turkey exports (we’re talking about the bird, not the country).
U.S. exports of turkey meat are Turkey projected to rise to 637 million pounds in 2019, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS). That represents a little over 4% more than last year’s exports of 611 million pounds. The latest report from the USDA suggests turkey production has benefited from a higher than expected supply of birds in the third-quarter that will be available for slaughter in the fourth-quarter. States with more employment in turkey production like Minnesota and North Carolina may benefit most from the increased exports. According to the USDA, Mexico is by far the largest importer of US turkey meat.
The chart below shows trends in the exports of turkey meat since 2004, with a holiday twist on the traditional bar chart.