The British Poultry Council (BPC) has said that there will be “definitely enough” turkey this year for Christmas to reassure shoppers.
The body told the BBC that in September the government released 5,500 visas for the sector to recruit foreign workers to help ease production.
The BPC said that between 2,500 and 3,000 visas have been issued and they believe this will be enough to avoid disruptions for turkeys.
Richard Griffiths, chief executive of the BPC, said, “It’ll get us over the line.
“We’ve been able to streamline products and reduce the variety, so that helps with the overall volume.
“There will be a focus on whole birds and very simple crowns and roasts.”
He added that there will be turkeys for “everyone who wants one,” but there will be a reduction in choice.