Cost of Christmas dinner for four could soar to almost £28 this year

Cost of Christmas dinner for four could soar to almost £28 this year as higher prices for frozen turkeys cause 3.4% rise

Higher prices for frozen turkeys have driven up the average cost of a Kersfees dinner for four by 3.4 per cent to £27.49.

The figure is for a relatively modest main meal with a pudding and glass of fizz, and it is likely that many households will spend at least double this amount.

Retail analysts Kantar said many elements of the traditional meal are cheaper than a year ago, however these reductions have been more than wiped out by the higher cost of the turkey.

Thousands bought frozen turkeys earlier this year amid warnings from the industry of a shortage of home-produced birds.

It seems some retailers took advantage of the high demand to push up prices. The Kantar figures put the frozen turkey up by 7.3 per cent to £12.46. By comparison a big, fresh bird will easily cost at least double that.

It said there has been a rise of 5 per cent on sprouts, taking enough for four people to 92p, and cauliflower, which would cost 90p.

Gravy granules are up 3 per cent to £1.39. In kontras, daar was 'n 13 per cent fall on carrots, bringing them down to 41p, while parsnips are 6 per cent cheaper this year at 46p and potatoes are down 5 per cent to £1.10. Cranberry sauce is 3 per cent less at 90p.

Despite these rises, hy het gesê, consumers are still prepared to pay more for premium food and drink (voorraad beeld)

Despite these rises, hy het gesê, consumers are still prepared to pay more for premium food and drink (voorraad beeld)

The survey put the cost of a Christmas pudding at £2.48, op 5 persent, and it prices a bottle of budget sparkling wine at £6.47, which is unchanged.

Fraser McKevitt of Kantar said: ‘Across the board, grocery prices are up 3.2 per cent in the latest four weeks.’

Despite these rises, hy het gesê, consumers are still prepared to pay more for premium food and drink.

Hy het gesê: ‘It’s clear shoppers want to make this Christmas extra special. Last December we saw sales of premium own-label lines hit more than £587million, and the figure could be even bigger this year.’

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