How many Americans eat turkey at Thanksgiving?
According to a recent survey by the National Turkey Federation, 91 percent of Americans eat turkey at Thanksgiving. How many turkeys are eaten at Thanksgiving? Of the 300 million turkeys raised in 1996, an estimated 45 million (15 percent) are consumed at Thanksgiving, an average of 675 million pounds of turkey! How much turkey is eaten during the rest of the year? Turkey is increasingly being enjoyed year-round. A decade ago, about half of all turkey consumption occurred during the holiday season. Now, consumption has increased the rest of the year and the holiday season (fourth quarter) accounts for only 35 percent of turkey production. This shift in consumption is due to the increased variety of turkey parts and products available today for quick, healthy and tasty meals. Estimated per capita turkey consumption for 1997: First Quarter – 3.5 pounds Second Quarter – 4.0 pounds Third Quarter – 4.7 pounds Fourth Quarter – 6.3 pounds Total per capita consumption – 18.5 pounds How much do