Turkey Wars are on with Thanksgiving just a week away


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – It’s officially one week until Turkey Day so let’s talk some turkey.

Results from Indiana Farm Bureau’s annual Thanksgiving market basket survey show Hoosier shoppers can expect to spend approximately 10% less at the grocery store this Thanksgiving.

According to this year’s pricing survey, the average cost for a Thanksgiving dinner for 10 this year, including 12 traditional food items, is $42.66 or $4.26 per person, which is approximately 10 percent cheaper than in 2018.

Stores may be getting tricky with the turkeys.  

According to the American Farm Bureau, turkey wholesale prices are up significantly this year, so the decrease in consumer turkey prices can be attributed to the turkey wars resulting in competition between retailers in an effort to draw customers to their store for the upcoming holiday.

We checked the price of turkeys at four major grocery store chains around the Tri-State:

Walmart comes in at the highest at 78 cents per pound for their Honey Suckle brand

Schnuck’s whole frozen turkey 59 cents per pound

Sureway’s Best Choice brand for 46 cents a lb with a $25 purchase

Meijer’s brand frozen turkeys had the lowest price at 33 cents a pound

The market basket price of $42.66 includes a 16-pound turkey, ingredients for stuffing and a pumpkin pie, sweet potatoes, rolls, peas, a carrot, and celery veggie tray, whole milk, cranberries, whipping cream and miscellaneous baking items such as eggs, sugar, and butter.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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(This story was originally published on November 21, 2019)

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