Indiana groceries are cheaper than the US common forward of the July 4th cookout

This year, Hoosiers hosting a July 4th BBQ can expect to pay less than other parts of the country. According to the Indiana Farm Bureau’s informal Market Basket Summer Cookout Survey, which lists some of America’s summer staples – cheeseburgers, chicken breasts, potato salad, strawberries, and more – hoosiers can expect to spend an average of $ 56.70 on a barbecue night this summer to feed 10 people, or $ 5.67 per person. That’s about 4.7% less than the US average of $ 5.95 per person.

While many of the food chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have been addressed, demand for some items remains strong, keeping prices high across the country. However, prices in Indiana are not as expensive as most of the United States

The Market Basket Summer Cookout Survey was conducted in mid-June by 27 volunteer shoppers from across the state who collected prices for certain foods in their local grocery stores. The Indiana poll results are included in the statewide poll coordinated by the American Farm Bureau Federation.

“Despite persistently high prices due to disruptions in the COVID-19 supply chain, Indiana food prices are nearly $ 3 below the national average for a 10-person barbecue,” said Isabella Chism, 2nd vice president of the INFB and chairwoman of the state women’s group Leadership Committee. “Hoosiers look forward to meeting family and friends safely after a year and can feed their guests on a small budget if they buy the cheaper items in our shopping cart, such as chicken breast, strawberries, potato salad and ice cream.”

The shopping list for the cart included the following items: ground beef, cheese, hamburger buns, pork chops, chicken breasts, pork and beans, potato salad, strawberries, french fries, ice cream, cookies and lemonade.

Three items on the shopping list are more expensive in Indiana than nationwide, including ground beef, pork chops, and cookies. The most noticeable difference in price is for ground beef, which is 18% (or $ 1.58) more expensive than the national average.

On the other hand, most of the items on the shopping list were below the national average, especially cheese and ice cream with 30% and 41% less than the national average. With milk and cheese production at record highs, consumers continue to see cheese and ice cream prices lower this summer. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. milk production rose sharply, with Indiana adding 12.6% in milk production just last month. The price of chicken breast, french fries, pork and beans, strawberries, potato salad and hamburger buns was also below the national average.

Cookout items (INFB survey) 2021 Indiana total cost % Deviation from the national average
Ground beef (2 pounds) $ 10.50 18%
Cheese (1 pound) $ 2.88 -30%
Cookies (13 oz sachet) $ 3.72 3%
Ice cream (half gallon) $ 2.92 -41%
Strawberries (2 pints) $ 4.03 -7%
Chips (13 oz bag) $ 3.96 -21%
Chicken Breast (2 pounds) $ 6.43 -4%
Pork Chops (3 pounds) $ 12.94 9%
Pork and beans (32 ounces) $ 1.73 -21%
Hamburger bun (1 pack) $ 1.48 -6%
Lemonade (2.5 qts.) $ 3.73 0%
Potato salad (2.5 kg) $ 2.37 -11%
OVERALL AVERAGE PER PERSON $ 5.67 -4.7%
AVERAGE TOTAL PRICE $ 56.70

The Market Basket Summer Cookout Survey found that the Midwest was the cheapest region in the country, with an average price of $ 56.83. The south at $ 59.53, the northeast at $ 61.75, and the west averaging $ 62.41.

According to the USDA’s revised Food Dollar Series, farmers received an average of more than 30 cents on the dollar for food purchases by consumers in the mid-1970s. That number has steadily declined since then, and farmers’ share of the dollar is about 13 cents for food consumed at home. With that number, the farmer’s share of that $ 56.70 market basket would be less than $ 8. The rest goes to the other parts of the food industry.

“Farmers’ share of the dollar continues to decline,” said Chism. “Indiana farmers are committed to streamlining their operations to cut production costs and address that decline, while providing safe and affordable food not just for hoosiers but for families around the world.”

AFBF has been conducting the informal quarterly Market Basket Summer Cookout Survey on the development of retail food prices since 1989, with the exception of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The AFBF survey combines food price data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics with survey results collected from more than 160 volunteer rural shoppers across the country and Puerto Rico, including members of the Farm Bureau and others.

Further details on the results of the AFBF summer market basket can be found here.

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