News Release
 November 25, 2014
CONTACT: Katie McKenna

Average cost is $41.50 for 10 people, 16% below National Farm Bureau Estimate

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – Tops Friendly Markets has some good news for Western New York shoppers in the wake of last week’s lake effect snow storm. The average cost of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people in our area falls well below the national average, coming in at $41.50 from Tops.

The National Farm Bureau Federation reported last week that their annual survey determined the national average cost for a meal for 10 people this year would be $49.41, a 37-cent increase over 2013. Using similar traditional items, consumers in Western New York would pay nearly $8.00 less than the national average when shopping at Tops this week.

For the more storm-weary shoppers in Western New York, with less time available this year to prepare a full meal, Tops still beats the national average for products that require simple preparation at home. A meal consisting of some of the traditional Thanksgiving foods for 10 people comes in at $45.97.

Among the Thanksgiving staples, in addition to the turkey, in the Farm Bureau survey are sweet potatoes, green peas, stuffing, cranberries, rolls, milk, pies and a relish tray along with the ingredients needed for baking those items.

Shopping at Tops this week, using their Tops BonusPLUS card, customers can find the following items for a traditional Thanksgiving meal for $41.50 this week:

Tops premium frozen turkey - $0.48 per pound Yams - $0.39 per pound Herb stuffing – two bags for $4 Pillsbury flour - $1.99 per pound White potatoes - $3.99 Canned green beans, cream of chicken soup – 10 for $10 Fried onions - $3.50 Cranberries – two for $3.29 Fresh baked dinner rolls - $2 Pie crusts – two for $5 Sugar – two for $4 Butter - $2.99 Eggs - $2.99 Apples - $1.99 per pound For customers looking for an easier Thanksgiving dinner solution this year, these simple items will cost less than $46.00 this week:

Jennie-O freezer to oven turkey - $2.75 per pound Yams - $2.99/can Box stuffing – included with meal deal sale Gravy - $2 Mashed potatoes – included with meal deal sale Steamed vegetables – included with meal deal sale Cranberry sauce – included with meal deal sale Dinner rolls – included with meal deal sale Apple pie – included with meal deal sale

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Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 162 full-service supermarkets – 157 company-owned and five franchise locations. With more than 16,000 associates, Tops is a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and western Vermont. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company's website at


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