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The most expensive Thanksgiving in history

2022-11-24T11:25:57.364Z

The price of the typical menu for the celebration has skyrocketed by 20% in one year Inflation does not spare even the most popular party in the United States. The traditional Thanksgiving meal, which is celebrated every fourth Thursday in November, arrives this year with skyrocketing prices. The typical menu for the celebration, which has already become 14% more expensive in 2021, has risen in price by another 20% this year. Eating turkey is more expensive than ever. The America



Inflation does not spare even the most popular party in the United States.

The traditional Thanksgiving meal, which is celebrated every fourth Thursday in November, arrives this year with skyrocketing prices.

The typical menu for the celebration, which has already become 14% more expensive in 2021, has risen in price by another 20% this year.

Eating turkey is more expensive than ever.

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), which is actually an insurer for the agricultural sector, has been measuring the cost of the traditional dinner since 1986.

Includes the price of 12 ingredients for the traditional recipe, starting with turkey and continuing with cranberries, peas, biscuits, peas, cream, milk, potatoes, stuffing ingredients and more.

According to his calculations, the set of ingredients for the traditional dish has gone from an average of $53.31 to $64.05 in a year in sufficient quantities for 10 people.

That represents an increase of 20% that adds another of 14% that was already experienced in 2021. Still, the price of $6.40 per diner will not deter the vast majority of Americans from celebrating Thanksgiving dinner as the canons command.

The staple dinner ingredient is obviously turkey, which has skyrocketed in the past two years.

It represents 45% of the total cost.

A 16-pound (7.25-kilo) turkey has gone from $23.99 to $28.96, an increase of 21% in one year and 49% since 2020. The AFBF calculates an average price, although there are large disparities between areas of the country and also depending on when it is purchased.

Of the 12 ingredients analyzed, only the 12-ounce (340-gram) bag of fresh blueberries has dropped in price, 14%, to $2.57.

A 16-pound turkey costs about $28.96, nearly $5 or 21% more than the average cost a year ago and $9.57 more than in 2020, according to the survey.

Cube mix is ​​up the most, up 69%, to $3.88 for a 12-ounce bag;

the dough crusts for the cake, 26%, up to $3.68 for two units, and the whipping cream, also 26%, up to $2.24.

Frozen peas and bagels have also become more than 20% more expensive.

Other reports give even higher price hikes.

The advantage of the AFBF is that it has been using a consistent methodology for 37 years, which gives greater value to its comparisons.

This year's national average cost was calculated using 224 completed surveys with price data from all 50 states plus Puerto Rico.

Volunteers checked prices in person and online using grocery store apps and websites, looking for the cheapest prices available, but ignoring promotional coupons and special offers.

The survey has been measuring the traditional 12 ingredients since 1986, but as Thanksgiving dinner has evolved, in recent years it has begun to measure prices for an updated version, which also includes ham, russet potatoes and the frozen green beans.

Also including these items on the menu raises the total cost by $17.25 to $81.30.

This more complete basket has become 18% more expensive compared to 2021.

This year's national average cost was calculated using 224 completed surveys with price data from all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

Farm Bureau volunteer shoppers checked prices in person and online using grocery store apps and websites.

They searched for the best possible prices without taking advantage of special promotional coupons or shopping deals.

inflation and more

The rise in prices for Thanksgiving dinner ingredients is higher than overall prices, which have moved between 7% and 9% year-on-year in recent months.

Inflation took a little breather in October and fell to 7.7%, but the price of food to eat at home rose more, 12.6% year-on-year.

This general rise in the price level explains part of the rise, but not all.

“Other factors contributing to the increase in the cost of food are disruptions in the supply chain and the war in Ukraine,” according to AFBF chief economist Roger Cryan.

“The higher retail cost of turkey at the grocery store can also be attributed to slightly smaller production this year, increased feed costs and lighter processing weights,” Cryan added in a statement. of the AFBF.

According to Cryan, the supply of whole turkeys available to consumers should be adequate this year, although there may be temporary and regional shortages in some states where bird flu was detected earlier this year.

In general, no serious problems of lack of supply have been detected, although the Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, warned that the avian flu had cut the supply and could make it somewhat difficult to find large turkeys.

a national myth

Thanksgiving has become part of the American national mythology, as Philip Jenkins explains in his

Brief History of the United States.

It has its origin in the so-called pilgrim fathers, the hundred colonists who arrived in 1620 on board the Mayflower at Plymouth, in Massachusetts Bay.

The colonists endowed themselves with self-government and established good relations with the Wampanoag Indians, who instructed them about the foods of the new land, such as corn.

The first Thanksgiving dinner celebrated the first harvest and the viability and survival of the colonists.

It was actually a three-day celebration attended by some 90 Wampanoag natives and 53 settlers, according to historians.

In other colonies there were other similar celebrations, even before the one in Plymouth, which is, however, the one that has been installed in the ideology of American national unity, although leaving the natives aside.

After the myth settled in the second half of the 19th century, the first national Thanksgiving was proclaimed by President George Washington in 1789 at the request of Congress.

Since then it has been held intermittently.

President Thomas Jefferson, for example, chose not to observe the holiday.

Abraham Lincoln proclaimed it in 1863 with a strong religious charge for the last Thursday in November and in 1970 President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Holiday Act making Thanksgiving an annual federal holiday in Washington In 1885 , an act of Congress made Thanksgiving a paid holiday for all federal workers across the country.

Franklin D. Roosevelt advanced the date of celebration one week between 1939 and 1941, unleashing a strong controversy.

For the Wampanoag, however, there is little to celebrate.

They commemorate the National Day of Mourning, the beginning of a genocide that relegated them to oblivion and took away their way of life while giving rise to the most successful myth in the history of the United States.

Black Friday

Department stores have sponsored parts of Thanksgiving parades, including Santa Claus floats, for a century.

The Christmas shopping season begins unofficially the day after the traditional celebration.

The name of that day as Black Friday began to permeate in the 1980s. The term originally referred to the number of workers who called in sick that Friday in order to have a four-day bridge, and was consistent with other calamitous days, including the Black Friday Panic of 1869.

The Philadelphia police began to refer to the date as Black Friday due to the traffic jams and crowds that collapsed the city for Christmas shopping.

Then they wanted to remove the negative charge and another meaning was attached to it, also in Philadelphia: the day that the stores, with the pull of sales, go from red numbers (losses) to black numbers.

In any case, the term caught on, it spread through the United States, first, and to a large part of the world later, as a date for purchases and commercial offers, the duration of which has been extended beyond Friday itself.

This year, Black Friday also arrives marked by inflation.

Source: elparis

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