This year, consumers are expected to pay a little more for their Thanksgiving dinner when compared to last year. Although 2023 estimates are not yet available, the Consumer Price Index shows food at home prices up 2.4% this year. A year ago, the average cost for 10 people was around $64.05.
Labor and food production costs are contributing to the increased cost of produce this year. One bright spot this year, consumers can expect to pay less for cranberries with an estimated 20% less and Romaine lettuce with an estimated 10% less than last year. Other Thanksgiving food staples like potatoes, pumpkins for pie, sweet potatoes and green beans are all higher this year.
Movement of blueberries from Peru through Miami, Philadelphia and New York ports of entry is expected to remain about the same. Trading fairly active. Prices lower. Flats 12 1-pint cups with lids large 47.00-52.00. Volume is increasing weekly as supplies become more available. Quality generally good. Movement of blueberries from Mexico crossings through Arizona, California and Texas are expected to increase slightly. Trading fairly slow. Prices lower.
Flats 12 1-pint cups with lids mostly 40.00-42.00. Flats 12 6-ounce cups with lids mostly 24.00. Prices are lower as imports from Peru currently have a large share of the U.S. market. Most present shipments from prior bookings and/or previous commitments. Quality variable.