WASHINGTON D.C. (TheStreet) -- Expect to pay a bit more this year for your Thanksgiving Day feast.
The annual tally of the costs associated with the holiday meal by the American Farm Bureau Federation found that a meal of turkey, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie and basic trimmings has increased about 13% this year.
The federation's 26th annual price survey found that the average cost of this year's feast for 10 is $49.20, a $5.73 price increase from last year's average of $43.47.
The AFBF survey shopping list includes turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream and beverages of coffee and milk, all in quantities sufficient to serve a family of 10.
The big-ticket item -- a 16-pound turkey -- came in at $21.57 this year. That was roughly $1.35 per pound, an increase of about 25 cents per pound, or a total of $3.91 per whole turkey, compared with last year. The whole bird was the biggest contributor to the final total, showing the largest price increase.
"Turkey prices are higher this year primarily due to strong consumer demand both here in the U.S. and globally," says John Anderson, an AFBF senior economist.
"The era of grocers holding the line on retail food cost increases is basically over," Anderson adds. "Retailers are being more aggressive about passing on higher costs for shipping, processing and storing food to consumers, although turkeys may still be featured in special sales and promotions close to Thanksgiving."
Among other items on the menu: a gallon of whole milk increased in price by 42 cents per gallon this year, to $3.66; a 30-ounce can of pumpkin pie mix, $3.03, up 41 cents; two nine-inch pie shells, $2.52, up 6 cents; a half-pint of whipping cream, $1.96, up 26 cents; one pound of green peas, $1.68, up 24 cents; a 14-ounce package of cubed bread stuffing, $2.88, up 24 cents; a dozen brown-n-serve rolls, $2.30, up 18 cents; three pounds of sweet potatoes, $3.26, up 7 cents; and fresh cranberries, $2.48, up 7 cents.
A one-pound relish tray of carrots and celery declined by a penny, to 76 cents, while a combined group of miscellaneous items, including coffee and ingredients necessary to prepare the meal (onions, eggs, sugar, flour, evaporated milk and butter) also dropped in price, to $3.10.
To compile the survey, volunteer shoppers are asked to look for the best possible prices, without taking advantage of special promotional coupons or purchase deals, such as spending $50 and getting a free turkey. A total of 141 volunteer shoppers from 35 states participated in this year's survey. The survey menu has remained unchanged since 1986 to allow for consistent price comparisons.
-- Written by Joe Mont in Boston.