Abilene bakery and BBQ restaurant say bird flu, inflation is driving food prices up ahead of Thanksgiving

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – You can’t have Thanksgiving without the star of the meal, the turkey. You might need to go without this year. With inflation, supply chain shortages and the avian flu; the cost of turkeys has skyrocketed – that’s if you can even find one in Abilene markets.

The United States Department of AgricultureMore than 5 million turkeys were killed in the recent avian influenza outbreak. Avian flu (HPAI), a highly contagious, deadly virus that is transmitted to humans by birds migrating from other countries, can kill up to five million turkeys.

Byron Stephenson (owner of Shed Market) said that the restaurant is out of turkey since about a month.

“We use a raw, boneless, skinless turkey breast,”Stephenson explained. “We thought [turkey] would be pretty easy to come by, but from what our suppliers are telling us, the avian flu has wiped out a big portion of those turkey flocks.”

Stephenson said he’s been a restaurant owner since 2018. With his wife Stacie, he opened Buffalo Gap’s Shed Market. In all his years as a business owner, Stacie said that it was the highest price he’s ever seen for supplies and food.

The Shed is adapting to this shortage by offering other options to turkey on its Thanksgiving menu.

Abilene bakery and BBQ restaurant say bird flu, inflation is driving food prices up ahead of Thanksgiving

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