With Thanksgiving just around the corner, this week we’re taking a look at average consumer prices calculated for food, compliments of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This dataset is one of the components of the Consumer Price Index (CPI). While there isn’t data available for some key Turkey Day ingredients like pumpkin and butter, we’ve put together a little shopping list to represent a (somewhat) traditional holiday spread. To give you some perspective, we’ve also included prices from November 2000.
* Note: values are U.S. city averages priced per lb.
TURKEY First things first, no Thanksgiving is complete without a turkey. 2000: $0.981 2016: $1.692
Thanksgiving is a time for friends and family to come together. And sometimes, certain family members have a different opinions on topics like who should be the next president. For that, there is always wine.
WINE Red or white table wine, any origin 2000: $5.539 2016: $12.498
Speaking of wine, if you’re drinking the domestic variety, there’s a good chance it came from California. If we take a look at the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau’s list of wine producer and blender permits, the state of CA takes a staggering lead with 4,329.
The other nine states on the top ten list include:
New York, 503
Then come the sides. As this piece on the Thanksgiving recipes Googled in Every State shows, this category really varies across the country. Surely we can all agree there are some staples like potatoes though. And dressing. Or is it stuffing?
POTATOES Mashed, with lots of butter, please 2000: $0.351 2016: $0.691
RICE A la carte or a la casserole, you decide 2000: $0.262 2016: $0.697
WHITE BREAD For dressing, unless you use cornbread (you should!) 2000: $0.953 2016: $1.343
BROCCOLI For broccoli cheese casserole, of course 2000: $1.085 2016: $1.615
CHEDDAR CHEESE See above -- an essential for most casseroles 2000: $3.862 2016: $5.352
ICEBERG LETTUCE Does anyone actually leave room for salad? 2000: $0.774 2016: $0.949
TOMATOES See above 2000: $1.503 2016: $1.994
And just before nap time comes a slice (or three) of pie. Sadly, pumpkin and pecan were not included in this dataset.
WHOLE MILK2000: $2.753
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