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Thanksgiving dinner a little pricier.

Despite overall lower farm commodity prices, the cost of the traditional Thanksgiving Day meal will cost Americans slightly more this year. Even with the increase, however, the annual holiday meal continues to be affordable, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). The group's annual survey of the price of basic items on Americans' Thanksgiving tables shows an average cost of this year's holiday meal for 10 at $33.83, a modest 74-cent increase from last year's $33.09. Of the items on the survey, nine increased in price. A 16-pound turkey represents the largest increase, jumping 52 cents to $14.23, or 89 cents per pound. That breaks down to a 3-cent increase per pound. The increase in turkey prices is attributed, in part, to Hurricane Floyd, which devastated North Carolina, the nation's largest turkey-producing state.
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Publication:Food & Drink Weekly
Date:Nov 22, 1999
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