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Price Check: Thanksgiving Turkey

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Shopping for the annual thankfulness feast can involve a whole gamut of traditional offerings — mashed potatoes, stuffing, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce — but the age-old staple is turkey. What will that bird cost ya? Well, we’ve chased down prices at a variety of Duluth-area grocery stores for this report.

Listed first are three variations of brand-name mass-marketed turkey: frozen Jennie-O Grade A, premium fresh Jennie-O and premium frozen Butterball. Our fourth comparison is of turkeys purported to be a bit more naturally produced.

Here lies the eleventh feature for PDD’s Price Check series where we compare the cost of goods and services in Duluth and Superior. The amounts below reflect the per-pound price each establishment charges. Minnesota and Wisconsin classify unprepared foods and food ingredients as exempt from tax.
 

Frozen Jennie-O Turkey
Frozen Jennie-O Grade “A” Turkey

$0.75/lb

Super One | 5401 Burning Tree Road, Duluth | 218-722-6019

*Must be 10-24 lbs. and must have a $25 grocery order; 1 per visit

$1.16/lb

Wal-Mart | 4740 Mall Drive, Hermantown | 218-727-1310

$1.19/lb

Cub Foods | Stone Ridge Shopping Center, 615 W. Central Entrance, Duluth | 218-727-0272

$1.39/lb

Mount Royal Fine Foods | 1600 Woodland Ave., Duluth | 218-728-3665
*Save $5 on any turkey 14 lb. or larger
 

Fresh Jennie-O Turkey
Premium Fresh Jennie-O Turkey

$1.66/lb

Super One | 5401 Burning Tree Road, Duluth | 218-722-6019

$1.79/lb

Cub Foods | Stone Ridge Shopping Center, 615 W. Central Entrance, Duluth | 218-727-0272

$2.28/lb

Wal-Mart | 4740 Mall Drive, Hermantown | 218-727-1310

$2.29/lb

Mount Royal Fine Foods | 1600 Woodland Ave., Duluth | 218-728-3665
*Save $5 on any turkey 14 lb. or larger
 

Frozen Butterball Turkey
Premium Frozen Butterball Turkey

$0.98/lb

Wal-Mart | 4740 Mall Drive, Hermantown | 218-727-1310

$1.49/lb

Super One | 5401 Burning Tree Road, Duluth | 218-722-6019

$1.59/lb

Cub Foods | Stone Ridge Shopping Center, 615 W. Central Entrance, Duluth | 218-727-0272

$1.99/lb

Mount Royal Fine Foods | 1600 Woodland Ave., Duluth | 218-728-3665
*Save $5 on any turkey 14 lb. or larger
 

If you are looking for something other than Jennie-O and Butterball, maybe something free-range or flash frozen, these four alternatives to the brand-name birds are among what’s available.

$1.99/lb

Ferndale Free-Range, No Artificial Ingredients Turkey
Whole Foods Co-Op | 610 E. Fourth St., Duluth | 218-728-0884

$2.09/lb

Premium Free-Range Natural Flash Frozen Specialty Turkey
Stokke’s Meat Market | 3710 Midway Road, Hermantown | 218-264-9680

$2.19/lb

Midwest Pride Fresh-Never-Frozen Turkey
Superior Meats | 6301 Tower Ave., Superior | 715-394-4431

$2.39/lb

Midwest Pride Fresh-Never-Frozen Turkey
Old World Meats | 226 N. Basswood Ave., Duluth | 218-722-2333
 

1 Comment

Kodiak

about 1 year ago

I would rather eat a PB&J sandwich on Wonder Bread than consume an antibiotic laden carcass that once "lived" in a horridly overcrowded, smelly, factory "farm" shed among thousands of other birds whose lifespans were accelerated to unnatural levels by growth hormones and never saw a ray of natural light. Migrant labourers then slaughter them in the most inhuman manner, second only to halal methods, which tenses the flesh. Then the poultry is frozen which would ruin an organically fed, free range outdoor reared turkey but what difference does it make at this point except that the centrepiece of your Thanksgiving feast was probably slaughtered last September. Yum, yum, you are what you eat! Happy Thanksgiving.

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