“Having a good supply of smaller birds has helped us this year. They are definitely in demand. We expect to be sold out of our smaller sizes. It is not typically what happens,” he said.
The United States is the largest turkey producer in the world and turkey consumption has doubled since 1970 with domestic consumption of turkey meat reaching 5.3 billion pounds, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Turkey production was also valued at $4.3 billion in 2019 as reported in October by the Washington Post.
Bowman is a smaller operation and Landes said that they also profit from converting larger turkeys into deli and ground meat as well as selling turkey products to festivals and fairs. He added that their biggest customers are smaller grocery store chains as well as meat shops and distributers.
However, the cancelation of a number events this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, such as the Ohio Renaissance Festival, did have a negative impact on Bowman.
But that loss was offset by a higher demand for meats sold by Bowman as other operations experienced a shortage due to the pandemic, Landes added.
By the Numbers:
5.3 billion - pounds of turkey meat consumed by Americans in 2019
$4.3 billion - value of turkey production in the United States in 2019
65,000 - number of free-range turkeys raised by Bowman and Landes in New Carlisle on an annual basis