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Fewer Eat Out This Holiday

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LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – The owners of Sanatoga Thriftway and Redner’s Warehouse Markets are sure to be happy about this.

Thanksgiving spending on home cooking has been growing annually since 2006, and likely will continue again this year, according to IBISWorld, a Los Angeles-based independent national publisher of business research. It reports American families have shied away from restaurants in favor of home-prepared meals during the past two years. That wasn’t always the case; between 1980 and 2006, Thanksgiving food consumed outside the home grew to 43 percent of all diners.

Increasingly, those enjoying Turkey Day at their own tables are opting for organic birds, the publisher adds. Certified organic turkeys account for just over half of total domestic turkey production in the U.S. this year, reflecting changing tastes. Overall, around 275 million turkeys will be raised this year, up 1.1 percent from 2007.

To round out the meal, says IBISWorld, U.S. growers will produce 700 million pounds of cranberries (up 1.5 percent); 1.65 billion pounds of sweet potatoes (up 3 percent); 1.1 billion pounds of pumpkins (up from 1 billion); 1.9 bushels of wheat (up 5.5 percent); and 850,000 tons of snap green beans (up 1 percent).

By the way, both Thriftway, 2190 E. High St., Sanatoga, and Redner’s, 1300 N. Charlotte St., are open Thanksgiving Day morning through afternoon for limited hours.

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