Thanksgiving Meal Price Tag Rises Slightly

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In its 34th study, the American Farm Bureau Federation found 2019’s price tag for a traditional Thanksgiving meal rose just one penny to $48.91 for 10 people. This amounts to less than $5 per person.

“The average cost of this year’s Thanksgiving dinner is essentially unchanged from last year,” said John Newton, AFBF chief economist in a recent press release. “Americans continue to enjoy the most affordable food supply in the world, but most [consumers] don’t realize only 8 cents of every dollar consumers spend on food goes to farmers.”

Much of the added cost is in processing, marketing and other value-adds down the line from the farm.

While the price overall didn’t change greatly compared to 2018, certain individual items showed changes. For example, the star of the show, a 16-lb. turkey, dove nearly $1 from $21.71 in 2018 to $20.80 in 2019.s

Check out more of the changes:

Item

2018 price

2019 price

Change ($)

16-lb. turkey

$21.71

$20.80

($0.91)

Pumpkin pie mix, 30 oz.

$3.33

$3.32

($0.01)

Milk, 1 gallon (whole)

$2.92

$3.10

$0.18

1-lb. veggie tray (carrots and celery)

$0.75

$0.79

$0.04

Misc. ingredients

$3.01

$3.22

$0.21

Rolls, 12

$2.25

$2.50

$0.25

Pie shells, 2

$2.47

$2.52

$0.05

Green peas, 1 lb.

$1.47

$1.49

$0.02

Fresh cranberries, 12 oz.

$2.65

$2.66

$0.01

Whipping cream, ½ pint

$2.08

$2.08

$0.00

Cubed stuffing, 14 oz.

$2.87

$2.68

($0.19)

Sweet potatoes, 3 lbs.

$3.39

$3.75

$0.36

TOTAL (classic)

$48.90

$48.91

$0.01

 

 

 

 

Ham, 4 lbs.

$8.53

$9.16

$0.63

Russet potatoes, 5 lbs.

$2.75

$2.74

($0.01)

Green beans, 1 lb.

$1.53

$1.51

($0.02)

Total (updated dinner, includes items in traditional)

$61.72

$62.32

$0.60

 

 

 

SOURCE: American Farm Bureau Federation

 

Check out more of AFBF’s study here. They examine how 2019 cost compare to 1986, with adjustments for inflation.

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