Turkey prices could fly higher this Thanksgiving

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – An informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $50.11, a 70-cent increase from last year’s average of $49.41.

The USDA estimates the wholesale cost of frozen turkeys will go up from $1.63 per pound to as much as $2.32 a pound, depending on where you live.

The American Farm Bureau Federation survey shopping list includes turkey, bread 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.

Foods showing the largest increases this year were pumpkin pie mix, a dozen brown-n-serve rolls, cubed bread stuffing and pie shells.

Items that declined modestly in price were mainly dairy items including one gallon of whole milk and ingredients necessary to prepare the meal-butter, evaporated milk, onions, eggs, sugar and flour.

The average cost of the dinner has remained around $49 since 2011. This year’s survey totaled over $50 for the first time.

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