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U.S. retail price of turkey 1995-2019

The retail price for whole frozen turkeys in the United States dropped to 1.39 U.S. dollars per pound in 2019, from 1.41 U.S. dollars per pound in the previous year.

Poultry in the United States

The term “poultry” refers to birds raised for meat, and includes chickens, turkeys, geese, and ducks. The United States is a major producer of chickens; in 2017 there were around 1.97 billion chickens in the United States. Turkey meat is also very popular, but to a lesser extent. As of 2017, there were about 244.5 million turkeys produced in the United States, down from 273 million in 2008.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Turkey is a quintessential part of a Thanksgiving dinner. A 2018 survey of U.S. consumers found that 81 percent of respondents plan to include turkey in their Thanksgiving dinner. Other popular dishes include gravy, stuffing, and bread rolls/biscuits/cornbread. The turkey is also the most expensive dish at Thanksgiving dinner, with a 16 pound turkey costing about 21.71 U.S. dollars on average.

Retail price of turkey (frozen, whole) in the United States from 1995 to 2019

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Release date

February 2020


United States

Survey time period

1995 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Figures as of December of the respective year.

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