TFB says Texans will pay $48.69 for traditional Thanksgiving meal for 10

Report posts $2.17 increase in holiday food basket

WACO—Texas chefs preparing for Thanksgiving should be able to feed 10 hungry Texans a traditional holiday meal for about $48.69, according to the special 2011 Thanksgiving Meal Report of Texas Farm Bureau’s (TFB) Grocery Price Watch survey.

The 2011 repor t shows an increase of $2.17, or 4.66 percent, from the 2010 TFB Thanksgiving Meal Report. The survey records the cost of 10 holiday staples—including turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce—to feed a family of 10 people.

“ The price of a traditional Thanksgiv ing meal has gone up over the years, but it’s still remarkable that you can feed a family of 10 for less than $5 per person,” said TFB President Kenneth Dierschke. “Especially this time of year, we give thanks for the farmers and ranchers who work hard to grow healthy, affordable food for our families.”

Pecans posted the highest price increase this year, rising nearly 18 percent from $ 8.30 per pound in 2010 to $9.78 per pound in 2011. Higher pecan prices mean a more expensive pecan pie—a Texas tradition—to round out Thanksgiving dinner.

“The pecan crop in Texas is projected to be about 40 percent smaller this year, from the usual annual average of 50 million pounds to just 30 million pounds. The extreme drought conditions across the state have really taken a toll on this crop, and shoppers will pay more for pecans this year,” Dierschke said.

In addition to pecans, six of t he Thank sg iv ing staples increased in price from 2010: young tom turkey, frozen (up 2.42 percent); sweet potatoes, fresh (up 2.2 percent); cranberry sauce, canned (up 6.56 percent); cubed stuffing, herb seasoning (up 8.37 percent); 9-inch pie shells, frozen (up 8.22 percent); and whipping cream (up 4.58 percent).

Texas shoppers may pay less for three survey items this year, as brown and serve rolls decreased 1.22 percent, frozen green beans decreased 7.79 percent and whole milk decreased 6.13 percent.

TFB’s fourth quarter Grocery Price Watch survey was taken in conjunction with the 2011 Thanksgiving Meal Report and also shows a slight increase in grocer y prices for household staples. Results from the quarterly survey of 16 common food products show a less than 1 percent increase from $45.43 in the third quarter to $45.62 in the fourth quarter of this year.

TFB’s Thank sgiv ing Meal Report and Grocery Price Watch prices were reported by 36 volunteer shoppers at grocery stores statewide from Oct. 27 through Nov. 4. TFB has released its Grocer y Pr ice Watch sur vey quarterly since March 2009.

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