CHRISTMAS would not be the same without a turkey on the table.
But farmers have been warning shoppers that they need to secure birds early this year following fears over avian flu and to beat rising costs.
The National Farmers Union (NFU) says the poultry sector has experienced a “very difficult year”, which could leave some farmers struggling to keep up with demand.
Ellie Smitherman has compared prices to crown the cheapest supermarket winners.
We have chosen to compare whole, medium-sized turkeys, where possible.
And we have worked out the price per kilogram for each bird using the lowest weight in each range to make sure it is a fair comparison.
Supermarkets do offer smaller or different cuts, such as turkey crowns and joints, which may be cheaper, depending on your needs.
It’s also important to note that the quality of birds will vary — this comparison is purely on cost.
Prices were correct at the time of going to print.
Do remember to compare them before you shop.
ALDI is the winner in our fresh category with a bird costing £4.95 per kg.
It pipped Morrisons – which is charging £4.99 per kg – to the top spot.
That is closely followed by Tesco and Asda who are both charging £5 per kg.
Unsurprisingly, Marks & Spencer is selling the most expensive fresh bird at £7 per kg.
IT’S the battle of the bargain retailers in our frozen category with Aldi and Lidl both coming top.
They are both charging £15.99 for a 4kg–5.4kg bird.
M&S is not selling frozen turkeys this year.
Buy your bird now, stick it in the freezer and it will keep for up to three months. But check defrost times, to avoid a nightmare on Christmas Day.
IF you want to treat yourself to a more up-market bird this Christmas, then Aldi has the cheapest premium turkey.
It is £7.99/kg and costs from £31.96.
For those who really want to splurge, M&S’s British free-range Pembrokeshire Bronze whole turkey is the most expensive at £16 per kg and prices start at £64.
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