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Blame it on the turkey …

November 17, 2018

A jump in the price of a 16-pound tom turkey is adding an unwelcome boost to the price of Texas consumers’ Thanksgiving Day dinner.

According to the Texas Farm Bureau’s annual survey of shoppers, a traditional fall feast for 10 this year costs $48.89, up $2.41 from a year ago.

The big bird ringed in at $19.74, up 11 percent from $17.76 in 2017. Also up are jellied cranberry sauce, shelled and halved pecans, brown and serve rolls, and frozen green beans.

Sweet potatoes held steady at $3.03 for 3 pounds.

Helping balance the equation is an 8-cent price drop for a package of herb-seasoned cubed stuffing and a 1-cent drop for a two-pack of frozen pie shells.

But the best news has been saved for last. Thanks to ample supplies of milk, that half pint of whipping cream to top off that pecan pie is down 23 cents, a nearly 13 percent drop, with the whole milk to accompany it down 11 cents, or 3.5 percent.

The Thanksgiving Meal Report and Grocery Price Watch is the result of prices for 10 key items reported by 45 volunteer shoppers at grocery stores across the state.

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