Despite slight hike, Thanksgiving meal still bargain in Va.

Cornelia Mascio
Novembre 19, 2017

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

According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, the cost of a Thanksgiving feast is the cheapest it has been since 2013. That's less than $5 a head!

A new survey says your Thanksgiving is not going to cost more than $49 to feed 10 people.

The menu includes turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, rolls, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, milk and pumpkin pie with whipped cream. And while some have suggested that the amount of food covered at this price wouldn't actually satisfy 10 people, the AFBF has been conducting this informal survey for 32 years, so it offers a useful point of comparison.

The survey of the price of basic items found on Virginians' Thanksgiving tables places the average cost of a traditional meal for 10 adults at $50.56.

The most expensive item - the turkey, in this case, a 16 lb one.

Other items showing a decrease in price this year include: a gallon of milk at $2.99, a dozen rolls at $2.26, two nine-inch pie shells at $2.45, a 3-pound bag of sweet potatoes at $3.52, a 1-pound bag of green beans at $1.53, and a group of miscellaneous items including coffee, butter, onions, sugar, flour, eggs, and evaporated milk at $2.72.

"Even as America's family farmers and ranchers continue to face economic challenges, they remain committed to providing a safe, abundant and affordable food supply for consumers at Thanksgiving and throughout the year", Newton said in a statement.

Milk prices "remained low throughout 2017", the bureau said, noting that "this continues to be tough on farmers", even if "consumers have benefited with lower whole milk prices".

The organization has surveyed the average cost of a Thanksgiving Day meal since 1986.

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

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