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How supply chain issues will affect Thanksgiving dinner this year

The demand for turkeys is up and there will be some shortages whether you're ordering a fresh bird or choosing a frozen one from your local supermarket.

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Customers have been flooding businesses around the country with requests for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday — and the demand for turkeys is up this year.

At Out Post Farm in Holliston, Massachusetts, business in what is typically their busiest month of the year, has been brisk.

"We ordered [Thursday] so we could pick it up a couple of days before Thanksgiving," customer Lois Oak said. "We've been coming here for years for the gravy and the stuffing."

Adrian Collins says the demand for turkeys is up, and there will be some shortages whether you're ordering a fresh bird or choosing a frozen one from your local supermarket.

"Just like all the other industries, it's the supply chain issues, the labor issues, the financial issues, it's the same thing in the agriculture industry," Collins said.

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More vaccinated families are planning to gather this year versus last year, with some families welcoming relatives from across the globe.

"One of my sons who I haven't seen in 3 years is flying in with his wife, and we'll all gather at my other son's house," Harvey Katzenactually said.

Corporate demand for turkeys has jumped as well.

"I don't know if they want to show employees that they're appreciated, things like that, but we're getting a lot more corporate orders than we have in the past," Collins said.

Industry analysts predict that closer to thanksgiving, businesses could see shortages of traditional side dish ingredients as well.