June 29, 2017
This year’s Fourth of July cookout will cost slightly less than last year, according to a survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation. The informal summer cookout survey reveals the average cost of a summer cookout for 10 people is $55.70.
The spread includes hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans, lemonade and chocolate milk.
“As expected, higher production has pushed retail meat prices down,” said AFBF’s Dr. John Newton, who notes, competition in the meat case is making grilling for July 4th even more affordable for consumers this year.
A total of 97 Farm Bureau members in 25 states served as volunteer shoppers, to check retail prices for summer cookout foods at their local grocery stores. It is part of the Farm Bureau market basket series, that tracks how much consumers spend in the grocery store reaches America’s farm and ranch families.
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