The stable average price reported this year by Farm Bureau for a classic Thanksgiving dinner tracks with the government's Consumer Price Index for food eaten at home.
Turkey prices are about $1.34 per pound in New York State, down more than 9 percent on average in this informal survey compared to 2016. The industry association's latest report indicates the average cost of this year's feast for 10 is $49.12, a 75-cent decrease from last year's average of $49.87.
Here's a little something to be thankful about this Thanksgiving: the price of a classic American Thanksgiving dinner is actually cheaper than it was a year ago. The survey found that the average cost of a 16-pound bird is a little over $22.
Items that showed a slight increase in prices include: a half-pint of whipping cream at $2.08, a 14-ounce can of pumpkin pie mix at $3.21, a 12-ounce bag of fresh cranberries at $2.43, and a 1-pound veggie tray at $0.74.
That's $1.89 less than the $46.63 for a year ago - not a huge amount to be thankful for, but a downward trend in cast. "American consumers hopefully recognize and are thankful that even as family farmers 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".
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- Turkey prices are lower because of a large inventory in cold storage. The increase may be attributed to higher production costs.
"Pringles are known for bold flavors and endless flavor stacking possibilities, so this holiday season we wanted to introduce snack lovers to a new way to enjoy Thanksgiving favorites", Pringles' senior marketing director, Kurtin Simon, said of the delectable dinner.
Farm Bureau volunteers conducted the survey in 33 communities - including Eau Claire - in October and November.
The informal survey required volunteer shoppers to look for the best possible prices without taking advantage of special promotional coupons or purchase deals, according to the release.
This survey is one of the responsibilities of the New York Farm Bureau State Promotion and Education Committee which also participates in the American Farm Bureau Federation's Quarterly Market Basket Survey.