Thanksgiving Dinner Cost Up Slightly This Year

US - A traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie and all the trimmings, increased slightly in price this year, but still remains affordable, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

In AFBF's 20th annual informal survey of the price of basic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table, the average cost of this year's feast for 10 is $36.78, a $1.10 price increase from last year's survey average of $35.68.

"When the Stallman family gathers to eat our turkey dinner this year, we will certainly be thankful for the bounty produced by America's farm and ranch families," said AFBF President Bob Stallman. "I encourage all Americans to take a moment during their Thanksgiving celebrations to recognize the role our farmers and ranchers play in producing an abundant, affordable and safe food supply throughout the year," he said.

The AFBF survey shopping list includes turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream and beverages of coffee and milk, all in quantities sufficient to serve a family of 10.

The cost of a 16-pound turkey, at $15.11 or roughly 94 cents per pound, reflects an increase of 5 cents per pound, or a total of 88 cents per turkey compared to 2004. This is the largest contributor to the overall increase in the cost of the 2005 Thanksgiving dinner.

Source: WisconsinAgConnection
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