Thanksgiving dinner price rises, but not by much

By Lisa Abraham
Beacon Journal food writer

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Here is something to be thankful for: The cost of putting a Thanksgiving dinner on the table next week is expected to cost just pennies more than last year.

According to projections from the American Farm Bureau Federation, the dinner will cost just 28 cents more than last year. This year’s cost: $49.48, up from $49.20 in 2011, a less than 1 percent increase.

Since 1986, the federation has been releasing its annual report on the projected average retail cost of a Thanksgiving dinner to feed 10.

There is some hidden good news for Akron-area shoppers, too. The federation’s statistics suggest an average 16-pound turkey will cost $1.39 per pound. Locally, however, most grocery stores were advertising frozen turkeys for much less.

Acme Fresh Markets has the birds on sale for 78 cents a pound, while Giant Eagle is selling its own brand of turkeys for 79 cents per pound, and name brands such as Honeysuckle and Butterball for 99 cents to $1.59 per pound. Marc’s is advertising Honeysuckle turkeys for 79 cents per pound.

This means that the federation’s projected cost of a turkey, at $22.23, will likely be significantly less for Akron-area shoppers — roughly $13 to $15.

The federation conducts an informal price survey of the classic items found on the Thanksgiving dinner table.

The survey includes turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, coffee and milk, to feed a family of 10, as well as miscellaneous items needed to prepare the meal such as onions, eggs, sugar, flour, butter and evaporated milk.

Read more about how to cook that turkey, and find some recipes for creative side dishes, in today’s Food section.

Lisa Abraham can be reached at 330-996-3737 or at Find me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter @akronfoodie or visit my blog at

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