Cost of Thanksgiving dinner up slightly

Cost of Thanksgiving dinner up slightly
(Source: Raycom Media)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Your Thanksgiving feast will cost a bit more this year than it did in 2014.

The Missouri Farm Bureau (MOFB) sent volunteer shoppers to local stores throughout the state to purchase the fixings to prepare a holiday dinner.

They found a meal for 10 people averaged $51.92, or $5.19 per person. That is an increase of $1.40, or 14 cents per person over last year's price.

Nationwide, the average price totaled $50.11, or $5.01 per person.

"Food prices over the past few months have trended toward the low side of normal inflation," said Diane Olson, director MOFB's Promotion and Education Programs. "The items needed to prepare the Thanksgiving Day menu are following this trend as well."

According to MOFB, turkey prices across the state ranged from 79 cents to $1.69 per pound, averaging $1.37. The average price for a bird last year was $1.24.

Cooks should have no problem finding a turkey to baste and bake.

"There appears to be no shortage of turkeys for Thanksgiving despite earlier concerns" said John Anderson, chief economist for the American Farm Bureau Federation. "The birds in the meat case at present were processed earlier this year prior to the Avian Flu outbreak."

Shoppers can expect to spend a bit more for at least one side dish. Cranberries are slightly higher this year at $2.65 per pound compared to last year's $2.38.

While a gallon of whole milk is down 70 cents to $3.72, whipping cream rose 29 cents to $2.69 per half-pint.

Prices are expected to fluctuate as the Thanksgiving holiday draws closer.

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