Stores Anticipating Price Hike Following Bird Flu OutbreakWith so many farms and turkeys affected by avian influenza, some grocery chains are wondering how shoppers will react. Over the past few years, Machenthun’s in Waconia has added more and more turkey options. Turkey has essentially become one of the more popular buys in the store. “Your beef and pork still sell the best, but we sell a lot of turkeys,” one employee said. And so far shoppers haven’t been scared off by the avian flu outbreak that’s wiped out nearly four dozen Minnesota turkey farms. “Actually, chicken and turkey sales are at an all-time high,” store manager Dale Rademacher said. The flu does not affect turkey meat. And it’s known that as long as poultry is cooked thoroughly, consumers won’t have any problems. But they could soon see a price change. Generally, after an outbreak is reported in any type of meat, it takes about four to six weeks for prices to go up. MORE