Published: Sat, November 18, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Farm Bureau Survey Reveals Lowest Thanksgiving Dinner Cost in Five Years

Farm Bureau Survey Reveals Lowest Thanksgiving Dinner Cost in Five Years

Items that increased modestly 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.

The American Farm Bureau said the price for a 16-pound turkey will run you an average of $22, which is less than it was a year ago.

Other items that have also dropped in price this year are milk, rolls, and pie crusts.

"Milk production has increased, resulting in continued low retail prices", Newton said. According to the USDA, wholesale whole turkey prices fell in 2017 and have remained below historical averages since January.

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- Pumpkin pie mix is higher because the wet weather led to a smaller crop in NY.

Also yes, it's in a tray, much like a TV dinner, which only makes it even more flawless and of course classier than your standard Pringles can. While farmers continue to struggle with lower commodity prices across the board, American consumers benefit from lower prices at the cash register. "They take pride in knowing their products help make for a joyous and affordable holiday season", said Phyllis Couture, chair of New York Farm Bureau's Promotion and Education Committee. Much of this is due to NY farmers who work hard to produce an abundance of healthy, nutritious food.

This is the second consecutive year that the overall price of a Thanksgiving dinner has declined across the U.S. It is the lowest level since 2013 and second-lowest level since 2011. Farm Bureau volunteer shoppers are asked to look for the best possible prices, without taking advantage of special promotional coupons or purchase deals, such as spending $50 and receiving a free turkey. The American Farm Bureau Federation's national survey recorded a $49.12 average nationwide.

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