Thanksgiving Dinner Decrease: 32nd AFBF Meal Survey Released

November 16, 2017 10:43 AM
Thanksgiving Dinner Decrease: 32nd AFBF Meal Survey Released

Prepare to spend the lowest for your Thanksgiving meal since 2012.

According to a survey conducted by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), compared to 2016, Thanksgiving Day dinner will cost 75 cents less than last year, bringing the 2017 total to $49.12.

This is the second consecutive year the price has decreased.

A 16-pound turkey will average $1.40 per pound, a two-cent decrease from 2016, bringing a total of $22.38 per bird.

Milk, a dozen rolls, two nine-inch pie shells, a 3-pound bag of sweet potatoes, a 1-pound bag of green peas, and miscellaneous items like coffee, eggs, sugar, flour and butter have all decreased in price as well.

The drop in dairy is credited to an increase of milk production, benefitting shoppers.

“Grocers often use milk as a loss leader to entice consumers to shop at their stores,” said Dr. John Newton, director of market intelligence at AFBF.

A half-pint of whipping cream, a 14-oz package of cubed bread stuffing, a 30-oz can of pumpkin pie mix, a 12-oz bag of fresh cranberries and a 1-pound veggie tray all increased in price.

This is the 32nd time the survey has been conducted. 141 volunteer shoppers checked prices at grocery stores in 39 states, according to AFBF. 

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