The average cost of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table this year — dinner for 10 — is $49.12, 75 cents less than 2016’s cost and the lowest total in five years, according to a survey conducted by American Farm Bureau Federation.
AFBF’s 32nd annual price survey found turkeys averaging $1.40 a pound, or $22.38 for a 16-pound turkey, down 2 cents from 2016. Turkey represents nearly half the total cost of Thanksgiving dinner.
A check of a grocery chain in Delaware found frozen turkeys at 98 cents a pound. A fresh, locally grown turkey could run as much as $3.20 a pound. 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, said AFBF Director of Market Intelligence John Newton.
The shopping list for the informal survey included turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a veggie tray, pumpkin pie with whipped cream and coffee and milk in quantities sufficient to serve a family of 10 with leftovers.
Foods showing the largest decreases this year in addition to turkey, were a gallon of milk, $2.99; a dozen rolls, $2.26; two nine-inch pie shells, $2.45; a 3-pound bag of sweet potatoes, $3.52; and a 1-pound bag of green peas, $1.53.
Items that increased in price were: a half-pint of whipping cream, $2.08; a 14-ounce package of cubed bread stuffing, $2.81; a 30-ounce can of pumpkin pie mix, $3.21; a 12-ounce bag of fresh cranberries, $2.43; and a 1-pound veggie tray, $.74.
A total of 141 volunteer shoppers checked prices at grocery stores in 39 states for this year’s survey.
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