Yes, There Are Turkeys for Thanksgiving — for a Price

Before 2021, the annual dinner cost estimate had been falling since 2015.

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Butterball President and CEO Jay Jandrain poses in his office at the company's corporate headquarters in Garner, N.C., Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. Butterball, which supplies around one-third of Thanksgiving turkeys, struggled to attract workers earlier this year, leading to processing delays. But Jandrain said labor shortages have lessened and the company was able to secure enough trucks to get its turkeys to grocery stores. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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Turkeys may not be able to fly very far. But their prices can soar — along with the costs of other holiday staples like cranberry sauce and pie filling. The Thanksgiving table hasn’t been spared the price inflation that is rampant elsewhere in the economy because of strong consumer demand and labor shortages. The American Farm Bureau estimates a Thanksgiving feast for 10, complete with sweet potatoes, rolls, a vegetable tray and a pie with…

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