Over 2 Million Turkeys to be Eaten During Holidays


The number of turkeys eaten this year will be 3.2% larger than in 2016.

During the last five years, the supply of turkey for end-of-year parties has been growing at an annual rate of 3%, and this will not change in 2017. At least 2.2 million turkeys are expected to be sold for Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

The standard weight of these turkeys is between 7 to 10 kilos. Each Peruvian is expected to consume 1.1-kilogram turkey meat this year, which will represent a decrease of 6.3% compared to 2016. However, in the last five years consumption per person has been growing at an annual rate of 2.8%.

In comparison with other countries, the annual consumption of turkey in Peru is lower. For example, the United States reaches 7.3 kilograms per inhabitant, Canada (4.2 kilograms), Chile (4.0 kilograms) and the European Union (3.7 kilograms). Meanwhile, Brazil (2 kilograms) and Mexico (1.5 kilograms) have a lower consumption.

Also, exports of turkey meat during this year will only reach 1348 tons, 15.6% lower than those reported in 2016. Turkey meat exported this year is placed as a whole turkey (65%) and turkey cut in pieces (35%), destined to the following countries: Colombia, Cuba and Panama.

In the following articles, you will be able to find some delicious recipes on how to prepare turkey and some interesting facts about previous years:

Thanksgiving dinner with a Peruvian twist: Turkey with aguaymanto sauce

Upwards of 2 million turkeys will be produced for Christmas in Peru

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