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Gobble gobble: Low turkey prices cut Thanksgiving meal cost

FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2015 file photo, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton kicks off Thanksgiving week in St. Paul, Minn. with an appearance by "Aaron" a 40 lb. turkey. Low food prices have driven the cost of a Thanksgiving feast down to their lowest level since 2010. The American Farm Bureau Federation says the average nationwide cost of a holiday meal for 10 people in 2018 is $48.90, or less than $5 per person. (Brian Peterson/Star Tribune via AP, File)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Low food prices have driven the cost of a Thanksgiving feast down to its lowest level since 2010.

The American Farm Bureau Federation says the average nationwide cost of a holiday meal for 10 people is $48.90, or less than $5 per person. The farm group’s annual survey released Thursday says that’s a 22-cent decrease from last year’s average.

Farm Bureau Chief Economist John Newton says an ample turkey supply is a big reason. Retail turkey prices are at their lowest since 2014, coming in at $21.71 for a 20-pound bird, or roughly $1.36 per pound. Milk, fresh sweet potato, canned green pea and dinner-roll prices are also down.

The survey based on a standardized menu also found modest price increases for fresh cranberries, canned pumpkin pie mix and stuffing.

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