Price of summer time cookout down barely from 10-year excessive

Celebrating the 4th of July with a cookout will price considerably greater than two years in the past, though costs have fallen barely from report highs in 2022. Households can pay $67.73 to host an Independence Day cookout with 10 members of the family or pals, based mostly on the 2023 American Farm Bureau Federation marketbasket survey.

The $67.73 grocery invoice is down 3% from 2022, however nonetheless roughly 14% greater than costs have been simply two years in the past. Final yr set a report excessive since AFBF started the survey in 2013, and 2023 is available in because the second-highest price. The cookout favorites embrace cheeseburgers, hen breasts, pork chops, home made potato salad, strawberries, and ice cream, amongst different merchandise.

“The slight downward path in the price of a cookout doesn’t counter the dramatic will increase we’ve seen over the previous few years. Households are nonetheless feeling the pinch of excessive inflation together with different elements retaining costs excessive,” mentioned AFBF Chief Economist Roger Cryan. “Don’t assume farmers come out as winners from greater costs on the grocery retailer both. They’re value takers, not value makers, whose share of the retail meals greenback is simply 14%. Farmers should pay for gas, fertilizer and different bills, which have all gone up in price.”

The marketbasket survey reveals a year-to-year improve in the price of hamburger buns, beef and potato salad, whereas there are drops in the price of hen breasts, lemonade and cookies.

The retail value for a package deal of eight hamburger buns elevated 17% to $2.26. Home made potato salad will price $3.44, up 5% from 2022. The price of 2 kilos of floor beef rose 4% to $11.54.

A number of elements affect the will increase. Drought situations have elevated the price of feed and lowered the variety of obtainable cattle for the summer time grilling season, driving up beef costs. Larger potato costs might be attributed to poor climate resulting in a drop in manufacturing, and common inflation is driving up the value of processed meals like bread.

Our survey discovered one exception to the elevated value of processed meals. A package deal of cookies will price 10% lower than 2022. The value of hen breasts and eggs, which had reached record-high costs in 2022, are each decrease. That is excellent news because the variety of avian influenza instances has fallen, which has allowed hen populations to get better. Lemonade is 16% inexpensive, at $3.73, as a consequence of a drop in the price of lemons.

Though traditionally excessive, the price of the cookout breaks all the way down to lower than $7 per individual. When put in a worldwide context, Individuals spend a smaller proportion of their revenue on meals than every other nation.

AFBF President Zippy Duvall mentioned, “Whereas the elevated prices are troublesome and have made it more difficult for some households to place meals on the desk, it’s essential to do not forget that America nonetheless has one of the reasonably priced meals provides on the planet, which is due partially to sturdy farm invoice packages. As all of us have a good time the vacation, we encourage members of Congress to contemplate the contributions of the farm invoice to our safety and independence by making certain a secure and ample meals provide.”

The federal authorities’s broader Shopper Value Index report for meals at dwelling reveals an total improve of 5.8% in comparison with a yr in the past. Farm Bureau’s casual marketbasket survey examines solely these meals generally related to summer time cookouts.

The July 4th cookout survey is a part of the Farm Bureau marketbasket collection, which additionally contains the favored annual Thanksgiving Dinner Price Survey of frequent meals staples Individuals use to arrange meals at dwelling.

Volunteer buyers throughout the nation, together with Farm Bureau members and others, collected information from 240 completely different shops in each state and Puerto Rico.

Particular person costs of the AFBF 2023 Summer time Cookout are as follows:

  • 2 kilos of floor beef, $11.54 (+4%)
  • 2 kilos of hen breasts, $8.14 (-9%)
  • 3 kilos of pork chops, $14.37 (-6%)
  • 1 pound of cheese, $3.53 (no change)
  • 1 package deal of hamburger buns, $2.26 (+17%)
  • 2 ½ kilos of home made potato salad, $3.44 (+5%)
  • 32 ounces of pork and beans, $2.44 (-3%)
  • 16-ounce bag of potato chips, $4.53 (-4%)
  • 13-ounce package deal of chocolate chip cookies, $3.90 (-10%)
  • ½ gallon of ice cream, $5.29 (+3%)
  • 2 pints of strawberries, $4.56 (+3%)
  • 2 ½ quarts of lemonade, $3.73 (-16%)