These 3 Thanksgiving staples are more expensive in Indiana

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As Hoosiers return to traditional Thanksgiving gatherings this year, they can expect to spend 12% more at the grocery store than they did in 2020, according to the Indiana Farm Bureau Thanksgiving market basket survey. (Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS (NEXSTAR) –– As Hoosiers return to traditional Thanksgiving gatherings this year, they can expect to spend 12% more at the grocery store than they did in 2020, according to the Indiana Farm Bureau Thanksgiving market basket survey. INFB surveyed shoppers across the state to identify the average price of traditional Thanksgiving meal items such as turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce.

“There is no question that this has been a tough year,” Isabella Chism, INFB 2nd vice president, said. “Coming off the heels of the pandemic, widespread supply chain issues are pushing prices higher and the economy is stretched. This year’s Thanksgiving market basket reflects what Hoosiers are seeing when they go to their local grocery stores; however, the increased price of Thanksgiving dinner in Indiana is comparable to costs across the rest of the country.”

The individual meal price is approximately $5.36, according to the survey, which is less than 1% higher than the U.S. average of $5.33. The total market basket price of $53.58 included a 16-pound turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls, peas, a carrot and celery veggie tray, whole milk, cranberries, whipping cream, ingredients for pumpkin pie and miscellaneous baking items.

Three staple items are more expensive in Indiana this year than the national average, including a 16-pound turkey, stuffing and pie shells. Alternatively, most items on the shopping list came in less than the national average, most notably sweet potatoes, whole milk, whipping cream and peas.

This year, shoppers can expect to pay approximately $1.58 per pound for a whole turkey, or $25.22 for a 16-pound bird.

For Hoosiers who opt for a ham instead of turkey this year, the INFB ]found that consumers can expect to pay $11.13 for a 4-pound ham, compared to $10.60 in 2020.

According to the Farm Bureau, lingering effects of the pandemic, including inflation, disruptions to the supply chain and an increase in food consumed at home, were the major contributing factors to the overall increase.

The INFB Thanksgiving market basket survey was conducted in late October/early November by volunteer shoppers. The USDA’s latest numbers show a smaller overall increase of only 5% nationwide. According to the USDA, shoppers heading to the market over the next few days can expect to pay the following prices for their Thanksgiving staples:

  • Frozen Turkey Hen (12 lbs.) – $0.88 cents per pound
  • Sweet Potatoes – $0.83 cents per pound
  • Russet Potatoes – $0.90 cents per pound
  • Cranberries – $2.22 per 12 oz. bag
  • Green beans – $1.64 per pound
  • Milk (1 gallon) – $3.75 per gallon

“We know that even small price increases can make a difference for family budgets, and we are taking every step we can to mitigate that,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. “The good news is that the top turkey producers in the country are confident that everyone who wants a bird for their Thanksgiving dinner will be able to get one, and a large one will only cost $1 dollar more than last year.”

See the below chart to compare the difference in cost from last year to this year for several Thanksgiving favorites, according to the INFB survey:

Thanksgiving Market Basket Items (INFB Survey)
2020 Indiana Costs
2021 Indiana Costs% Change of Indiana Costs (2020 to 2021)% Difference between 2021 Indiana Costs and 2021 U.S. Average
Turkey (16 lb.)$21.44$25.22+17.6%+5.1%
Stuffing (14 oz. package)$2.90$2.32-20.0%+1.3%
Pumpkin pie filling mix (30 oz. can)$3.56$3.61+1.4%-0.8%
Pie shells, 9 in. (2 per package)$2.48$3.47+39.9%+19.2%
Sweet potatoes (3 lb.)$3.18$3.19+0.3%-10.4%
Rolls (1 doz.)$2.46$3.00+22.0%-1.6%
Peas (16 oz. package, frozen)$1.26$1.39+10.3%-9.7%
Veggie tray (.5 oz. each fresh carrots and celery)$1.25$0.80-36.0%-2.4%
Whole milk (gal.)$2.26$2.81+24.3%-14.8%
Cranberries (fresh, 12 oz. package)$2.12$2.72+28.3%-8.7%
Whipping cream (½ pint)$1.81$1.60-11.6%-10.1%
Misc. ingredients
(such as coffee, butter, onions, eggs, sugar and flour)

$3.09
$3.45+11.7%0.0%
AVERAGE TOTAL MEAL PRICE*$47.81$53.58+12.0%+0.5%
*The total meal price listed above is for a group of 10 individuals.

More details about AFBF’s national Thanksgiving market basket results can be found on the INFB website.

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