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Nov 13, 2012 4:01 PM by Ian Cross

Average cost of Thanksgiving dinner drops 5 pct. in Arizona

TUCSON - For the first time since 2009, the average cost of a Thanksgiving dinner has dropped, and is now $47.53 for an Arizona family of 10, a decrease of about 5 percent, according to statistics released by the Arizona Farm Bureau.

The cost of a 16-pound turkey purchased in Arizona this year will run, on average, $19.20, or $1.20 per pound - a decrease of 13 cents per pound compared to 2011. This year's turkey dinner with all the trimmings is over $5 cheaper than what shoppers paid four years ago, when the total is $52.81.

The annual Thanksgiving meal cost estimate is the results of the Arizona Farm Bureau's annual informal Thanksgiving Dinner Price Survey of prices of basic food items typically found on the Thanksgiving dinner table, including: turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray including carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream plus coffee and milk, all in quantities sufficient to serve a family of 10.

For the second year, the bureau also conducted a price survey on organic foods, which concluded this year's price of an all-organic Thanksgiving dinner will cost an estimated $87.22, nearly twice the price of the non-organic meal.

"Throughout the year we're fortunate to enjoy a bounty of foods produced in Arizona and across the nation, said Arizona Farm Bureau President Kevin Rogers, a cotton and alfalfa farmer from Maricopa County. "It's especially appropriate as we gather at the Thanksgiving table to savor not only food and fellowship, but to take a moment to recognize that this blessing begins with our hard-working farm and ranch families. Arizona agriculture is a $10.3 billion industry and is a major component of the state's economy."

Read more about the Thankgiving Dinner Cost and the Arizona Farm Bureau at:

http://www.fillyourplate.org/

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