What’s a Turkey Dinner going to Cost in 2019?
The simple answer is almost exactly the same as it did in 2018 and less than it cost in 2017 but not by much.
According to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2019 annual survey, the average cost to serve 10 people this holiday is an average of $48.91. The cost last year was $48.90 or 1 cent more. That’s less than $5.00 per person.
If you typically serve ham, potatoes and green beans to your Thanksgiving meal, the cost difference between 2018 and 2019 (on average) is .60 cents more.
Show Me The Costs
How do they come up with these prices? They are the average costs found by a group of 250 volunteers in 38 states who went around and checked prices in various grocery stores.
How are the farmers doing? Not great! Again, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation, less than 8 cents of every dollar spent on food goes to the farmers year round. This means for our average turkey dinner this year, the farmers will see about $6.00.
The biggest decrease this year is for the biggest item or the turkey. The largest gain is from sweet potatoes. And remember, this price of these ingredients is an average from around the country. Your local supermarkets will vary but this is a good bellwether.
Here is a comparison chart between last year and this year.
|Item||2018 Price||2019 Price||Difference|
|Sweet potatoes, 3 lbs.||$3.39||$3.75||+ .36|
|Whipping cream, 1/2 pint||$2.08||$2.08||no change|
|Milk, 1 gallon whole||$2.92||$3.10||+ .18|
|Pumpkin pie mix, 30 oz.||$3.33||$3.32||– .01|
|1-pound relish tray (carrots and celery)||$.75||$ .79||+ .04|
|Green peas, 1 lb.||$1.47||$1.49||+ .02|
|Cubed stuffing, 14 oz.||$2.87||$2.68||– .19|
|16-pound turkey||$21.71||$20.80||– .91|
|Fresh cranberries, 12 oz.||$2.65||$2.66||+ .04|
|Pie shells (2)||$2.47||$2.52||+ .05|
|Rolls, 12||$2.25||$2.50||+ .25|
|Misc. ingredients||$3.01||$3.22||+ .21|
|Ham, 4 lbs.||$8.53||9.16||+.63|
|Russet potatoes, 5 lbs.||2.75||2.52||-.01|
More Interesting Stats from the AFBF
A majority of adults cook their entire Thanksgiving meal at home, while 14% purchase part of their meal fully cooked.
95% of adults serve turkey at their Thanksgiving meal, and half serve both turkey and ham.
A strong majority of adults celebrate Thanksgiving with a special meal.
88% of adults were not aware farmers receive 8 cents of each dollar consumers spend on food.
The AFBF Thanksgiving dinner survey was first conducted in 1986.