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Grocery stores rethinking how they buy turkeys for Thanksgiving amid pandemic

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It's just a coronavirus chain reaction-fewer people at Thanksgiving tables means you probably don't need that 30-pound turkey this year.

And because no one can just press a button and make smaller turkeys grocery stores, distributors and farmers are rethinking their own long-standing Thanksgiving traditions.

Chains like Giant Eagle and Stew Leonard's are buying smaller birds and Wal-Mart-the largest grocer in the United States-is stocking up on boneless and bone-in turkey breasts, which amount to less meat than a full bird.


Meanwhile, farmers are slaughtering birds at a younger age to keep them smaller.

The National Turkey Federation says Americans eat 40 million turkeys around Thanksgiving every year.

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