Thanksgiving dinner value jumps again up

Amid elevated meals value inflation, the price of a conventional Thanksgiving dinner shot up in 2021 following a large drop final 12 months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) thirty sixth annual survey reckoned the common value of a Thanksgiving feast for 10 individuals at $53.31, up $6.41 from $46.90 in 2020. The 14% uptick got here after a $2.01 lower final 12 months — to the bottom price ticket for a Thanksgiving dinner since 2010 — and a one cent improve to $48.91 in 2019, earlier than the pandemic.

“A number of elements contributed to the rise in common value of this 12 months’s Thanksgiving dinner,” Veronica Nigh, senior economist on the Washington, D.C.-based American Farm Bureau Federation, stated in a press release. “These embrace dramatic disruptions to the U.S. financial system and provide chains during the last 20 months, inflationary strain all through the financial system, issue in predicting demand in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, and excessive world demand for meals, significantly meat.”

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A part of the upper Thanksgiving dinner value — rising from lower than to over $5 per individual — displays a costlier turkey. This 12 months, AFBF’s survey pegged the common value of a 16-pound fowl at $23.99, or about $1.50 per pound, up 24% from $19.39 ($1.21 per pound) in 2020 and $20.80 ($1.30 per pound) in 2019.

AFBF famous that timing impacted its turkey value estimate this 12 months. The bureau’s volunteer customers checked costs Oct. 26 to Nov. 8, about two weeks earlier than most grocery retailers started merchandising entire frozen turkeys at a lot decrease costs. Though the survey timeline remained constant in 2021, AFBF stated USDA Agricultural Advertising and marketing Service knowledge present grocery shops beginning to promote decrease function costs for turkey later than traditional this 12 months. Additionally, the common per-pound function value for entire frozen turkeys got here in at $1.07 the week of Nov. 5 to 11 and 88 cents the week of Nov. 12 to 18, an 18% lower in a single week.

Because of this, customers who haven’t but bought a turkey ought to have the ability to discover one at a decrease value than the survey common, AFBF reported. However the greenback ring for the remainder of the Thanksgiving buying basket nonetheless is available in increased than a 12 months in the past.

“Taking turkey out of the basket of meals reveals a 6.6% value improve in comparison with final 12 months, which tracks carefully with the Shopper Worth Index for meals and normal inflation throughout the financial system,” based on Nigh.

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AFBF’s buying checklist for the 2021 Thanksgiving Dinner Value Survey included turkey, stuffing, candy potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a vegetable tray, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and low and milk, all in portions to serve a household of 10, with ample leftovers. The nationwide common value was calculated by 218 surveys utilizing pricing knowledge from all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Volunteer customers checked costs in individual and on-line utilizing grocery retailer apps and web sites and looked for the very best costs with out utilizing particular promotional coupons or buy offers.

Of the 12 objects on AFBF’s classic Thanksgiving dinner shopping list, together with the turkey, 11 had common value hikes versus a 12 months in the past.

Excluding the fowl, these objects included two pie shells (+49 cents to $2.91), 12 dinner rolls (+39 cents to $3.05), miscellaneous substances to organize the meal (+36 cents to $3.45), 12 oz. of contemporary cranberries (+29 cents to $2.98), 30-oz. pumpkin pie combine (+25 cents to $3.64), one gallon of entire milk (+22 cents to $3.30), three kilos of candy potatoes (+12 cents to $3.56), a one-pound veggie tray of carrots and celery (+9 cents to 82 cents per pound), a pound of inexperienced peas (+8 cents to $1.54) and a half-pint of whipping cream (+4 cents to $1.78).

Stuffing was the one merchandise within the 2021 survey displaying a value lower, with a 14-oz. bundle of cubed stuffing combine down 52 cents to $2.29.

Objects displaying double-digit value will increase included pie crusts (+20%), dinner rolls (+15%), contemporary cranberries (+11%), the veggie tray (+12%) and miscellaneous substances (+12%), whereas the stuffing combine had a 19% lower.

AFBF’s survey additionally included an expanded vacation menu with ham, russet potatoes and frozen inexperienced beans. Including these objects to the basic Thanksgiving dinner raised the entire common value by $15.41 to $68.72 this 12 months, marking a 14% general value improve from $60.11 in 2020, when the value tag for the larger menu declined almost 4% from $62.32 in 2019.

All the meals within the expanded Thanksgiving menu noticed value hikes this 12 months, with 4 kilos of ham up $1.71 to $10.87, 5 kilos of russet potatoes up 41 cents to $2.96 and a pound of frozen inexperienced beans up 8 cents to $1.58.

“The development of customers cooking and consuming at residence extra usually because of the pandemic led to elevated grocery store demand and better retail meals costs in 2020 and 2021, in comparison with pre-pandemic costs in 2019,” Nigh added.

Retailers serve up Thanksgiving financial savings

With customers well-aware of the upward development in meals pricing, retailers have pitched in to rein in Thanksgiving dinner prices.

For the second straight 12 months, Aldi stated a Thanksgiving turkey dinner for 10 individuals prices a mean of lower than $30 at its shops and on-line (by way of Instacart), in contrast with $32.02 for the pre-pandemic vacation in 2019. Aldi’s meal features a 12-pound Butterball turkey, bagged stuffing, candy potatoes, Hawaiian candy rolls, frozen peas, contemporary cranberries, carrots, celery, canned pumpkin pie combine, pie crust, whipping cream and a gallon of entire milk.


Aldi has provided a Thanksgiving dinner for 10 at lower than $30 for a second straight 12 months.

In line with a Morning Seek the advice of survey of two,200 U.S. customers, commissioned by Aldi, nearly 90% of hosts count on to spend $50 or extra on a Thanksgiving meal for as much as 10 company. Aldi stated customers can spend no less than 40% much less by buying objects for the vacation meal by the Batavia, Unwell.-based low cost grocer, at a value of lower than $3 per individual — leaving extra money for different potential objects equivalent to appetizers, alcoholic drinks and further desserts.

“Quickly we’ll be reconnecting with household and pals across the Thanksgiving desk,” said Dave Rinaldo, co-president of Aldi U.S. “I’m extremely proud that for lower than $30, Aldi customers can put together a scrumptious Thanksgiving meal, together with the turkey, candy potatoes, pumpkin pie and extra. With that type of financial savings, you’ll have room for an additional chair or two across the desk this 12 months.”

Rival deep low cost grocer Lidl is providing a conventional Thanksgiving dinner for lower than $30 as effectively. The buying basket, additionally based mostly on the AFBF survey and serving 10 individuals, features a 13-pound turkey, bagged stuffing, candy potatoes, inexperienced beans, carrots, celery, Hawaiian candy rolls, contemporary cranberries, pumpkin pie combine, pie shells, whipping cream and one gallon of entire milk, for a complete value of lower than $3 an individual.

“As the costs for meals rise throughout the nation, Lidl is continuous to offer customers the power to place extra on the desk this vacation season,” commented Stefan Schwarz, chief product officer for Arlington, Va.-based Lidl US . “For lower than $30, customers at Lidl can present household and pals a scrumptious Thanksgiving dinner with all of the fixings. We’re proud to be a part of this vacation custom.”

Supercenter retailer Meijer famous that it’s offering added worth this Thanksgiving vacation by providing a spread of well-stocked turkeys, addressing prospects’ rising issues about provide and value. By means of Nov. 27, customers can purchase Meijer-brand frozen turkeys for 33 cents per pound.

As well as, Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Meijer stated it’s carrying a wide selection of small and huge birds — together with contemporary, frozen, natural and antibiotic-free birds — to satisfy the wants of varied gathering sizes. Meijer-brand contemporary turkeys value 99 cents per pound, whereas Butterball contemporary turkeys are priced at $1.99 per pound, with a restrict of two per buyer for all contemporary and frozen turkeys.

“Our highest precedence is bringing worth to our prospects this vacation season,” based on Don Sanderson, group vice chairman of meals at Meijer. “This Thanksgiving will probably be vital to a lot of our prospects as they return to extra ‘regular’ traditions, and we need to make celebrating that return straightforward by providing an inexpensive turkey for each gathering.”


Meijer stated it is providing store-brand frozen turkeys for 33 cents per pound by Nov. 27.

By means of Thanksgiving eve on Nov. 24, BJ’s Wholesale Membership is providing members a free Butterball entire turkey with a coupon and a BJ’s $10 vacation buying award (redeemable Dec. 2 to 16) after they spend $100 on qualifying meals and nonfood objects in the identical transaction, both in-club or at

The greater than 200 qualifying merchandise for the free turkey provide span over 40 manufacturers, equivalent to Tide Pods Extremely Oxi Liquid Laundry Detergent Pacs, Normal Mills Cheerios Cereal, Gold Medal Flour, Swiffer Moist Jet Starter Package, McCafe Premium Roast Espresso 84-count Okay-Cup Pods, Pampers Delicate Wipes and Pillsbury Chocolate Chip Dough, amongst different objects, BJ’s stated.

The Westborough, Mass.-based warehouse membership chain is also spotlighting its Wellsley Farms non-public model for Thanksgiving meal objects, together with natural russet potatoes for $2.79 (3 lbs.), natural child carrots for $2.59 (2 lbs.) and home-style mashed potatoes for $5.99 (24 oz. two-pack), in addition to Wellsley Farms Mile Excessive Apple Pie for $7.99 (48 oz.).

“This Thanksgiving, we all know our members are desperate to rejoice the vacations collectively, so we’re thrilled to supply our members not solely a free turkey promotion, however a $10 award as effectively, to assist them with their vacation buying,” Michael Leary, senior vice chairman and normal merchandise supervisor for perishables, grocery and drinks at BJ’s. “Whether or not buying in-club or from the consolation of their residence, members can discover every part they should take advantage of their Thanksgiving time with household and pals.”

Extra customers pondering forward this 12 months

In its ultimate spherical of Thanksgiving-specific weekly knowledge stories, launched Friday, CPG market researcher IRI stated retail and provider availability of turkeys is holding up effectively amid record-breaking demand early within the buying season.

For the week ended Nov. 7, 2021, IRI estimated that about 50.5 million kilos of whole-bird turkey have been offered, up 114% versus a 12 months in the past and better than in another 12 months for the three weeks previous to the vacation. That additionally got here atop unprecedented whole-bird turkey gross sales in October, when 30.6 million kilos have been offered, up greater than 200% from October 2020 and better than any October on report.

“Gross sales of whole-bird turkeys — together with frozen, contemporary and each by-the-pound and pre-weighted choices — are robust, and our conversations with retailers and suppliers counsel that they count on to have ample turkey choices in-stock within the week main as much as Thanksgiving,” reported Krishnakumar Davey, president of shopper engagement for IRI. “IRI knowledge continues to point out that Thanksgiving turkey gross sales have been early and elevated nationwide, together with report gross sales for whole-bird turkeys in October and thru the primary week of November.”

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With rising costs and out-of-stocks a priority this 12 months, many Individuals shopped effectively forward of time for his or her Thanksgiving meals.

IRI famous that, regardless of increased costs in different grocery classes, its knowledge point out that inflation hasn’t impacted whole-bird turkey gross sales. The common value per pound for whole-bird turkeys in October was down 7 cents from a 12 months earlier. However increased costs in early November replicate a majority of gross sales with out value promotions, which usually come out nearer to the Thanksgiving vacation. The researcher stated the common value per pound for whole-bird turkey for the week ended Nov. 7 was a mean of 6 cents increased than in 2020 and 30 cents increased than in 2019, suggesting that customers’ earlier begin for Thanksgiving meal purchases wasn’t aligned with retailers’ promotional pricing.

In a survey final week by client knowledge specialist Numerator, 38% of respondents stated inflation is inflicting them to buy Thanksgiving sooner than traditional, in addition to nudging them to change to decrease priced manufacturers (37%) or store at a number of retailers to search out the perfect costs (36%). But widespread information of ongoing snarls within the meals provide chain additionally has fostered earlier Thanksgiving buying. For instance, a late October/early November ballot by Inmar Intelligence discovered that 80% of customers are involved by the turkey provide in shops.

Equally, a Shopkick survey of over 6,500 Individuals in the identical time interval revealed that 25% plan to have all of their Thanksgiving meal buying finished three weeks forward of the vacation, with the principle causes being to keep away from product shortages (63%) and last-minute value will increase (51%). On the time, 23% of customers reported already experiencing shortages on conventional Thanksgiving objects like pumpkin puree, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and different canned items (63%), meat (52%), frozen meals (39%), dairy merchandise (35%) and contemporary substances (34%).  

In the meantime, 74% of customers plan to alter their Thanksgiving grocery buying conduct due to rising costs, and 73% count on to be impacted by product shortages, based on KPMG’s Thanksgiving and winter vacation survey, launched final week. In response to increased costs or merchandise not being accessible, respondents stated they may store earlier, go to different retailers, cut back their vacation menu or purchase on-line.

“Customers are clearly voicing their intent to be conscious of inflationary value will increase together with buying round as an alternative of constructing fewer journeys which was the development within the prior 12 months,” defined Matt Kramer, U.S. client and retail sector chief for enterprise consultancy KPMG. “For grocers, selections on the timing of promotional exercise to draw prospects whereas nonetheless combating the inflationary setting and provide chain challenges will probably be a key balancing act as they give the impression of being to retain their loyal prospects.”