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U.K. Sees Surge in Buying of Christmas Necessities


Faced with fuel and labor shortages and rapidly increasing prices, shoppers in the U.K. are activity buying turkeys, Christmas puddings and paper goods in anticipation of the festive season.  There is no evidence of panic buying as in the early stages of the 2020 COVID outbreak and retailers characterize the current wave as “a steady demand”.  Sales of frozen turkeys have doubled compared to late October 2020 and prestige supermarkets and butchers have waiting lists for fresh turkeys.


According to the British Poultry Council, turkey production is down 20 percent compared to 2020 mainly due to a shortage of processing labor.  The supply of carbon dioxide is regarded as inadequate adding to problems in processing.


The question arises as to whether there is a market opportunity for export of frozen product to the U.K. given protectionist policies relating to antibiotics and chlorine immersion.

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