The Low Cost of Thanksgiving Dinner This Year

By American Farm Bureau Federation, Special for  USDR

 The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 32nd annual price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.12, a 75-cent decrease from last year’s average of  $49.87.

The big ticket item – a 16-pound turkey – came in at a total of $22.38 this year. That’s roughly $1.40 per pound, a decrease of 2 cents per pound, or a total of 36 cents per whole turkey, compared to  2016.

The shopping list for Farm Bureau’s informal survey includes turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a veggie tray, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and coffee and milk, all in quantities sufficient to serve a family of 10 with plenty for  leftovers.

Consumers continue to see lower retail turkey prices due to continued large inventory in cold storage, which is up almost double digits from last year, Newton  explained.

Foods showing the largest decreases this year in addition to turkey, were a gallon of milk; a dozen rolls; two nine-inch pie shells; a 3-pound bag of sweet potatoes; a 1-pound bag of green peas; and a group of miscellaneous items including coffee and ingredients necessary to prepare the meal (butter, evaporated milk, onions, eggs, sugar and  flour).

“Milk production has increased, resulting in continued low retail prices,” Newton  said.

After adjusting for inflation, the cost of a Thanksgiving dinner is $20.54, the lowest level since  2013.

A total of 141 volunteer shoppers checked prices at grocery stores in 39 states for this year’s  survey.

Farm Bureau does not make any scientific claims about the data, it is an informal gauge of price trends around the nation. Farm Bureau’s survey menu has remained unchanged since 1986 to allow for consistent price  comparisons.

Contacts: Kari Barbic
(202) 406-3672
karib@fb.org
Cyndie Shearing
(202) 406-3649
cyndies@fb.org

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SOURCE American Farm Bureau  Federation

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