GALESBURG – American consumers will pay $69.68 for their favorite Independence Day baked goods, including cheeseburgers, pork chops, chicken breasts, homemade potato salad, strawberries and ice cream, according to a new cart survey from the American Farm Bureau Federation.
The average cost of a summer barbecue for 10 people is $69.68, or less than $7 per person. The overall cost of barbecue has increased by 17% or about $10 over last year, due to continued supply chain disruptions, inflation and the war in Ukraine.
According to AFBF chief economist Roger Cryan, farmers are also feeling the pain of the price, as are the people they grow food for.
“Despite rising food prices, supply chain disruptions and inflation have made agricultural supplies more expensive; like consumers, farmers are price takers, not decision makers,” Cryan said. He added: “At the end of the day, in many cases, the higher prices paid to farmers do not cover their increased agricultural expenses. Fuel costs have increased and fertilizer prices have tripled.
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The 4th of July meal survey is part of the Farm Bureau’s basket series, which also includes the popular annual Thanksgiving dinner cost survey of common staple foods Americans use to prepare their meals at home. home.
Data for this year’s survey was collected by 176 volunteer buyers across the country and in Puerto Rico, including members of the Farm Bureau and others.
A similar survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and distributed by cookoutnews.com shows the cost to Illinois is $73.81 to serve a plate of food to 10 people on July 4. This could also be considered a “minimum” price, as it does not take into account things like alcohol, such as beer or wine. Or anyone with more than one plate or drink.
A plate for each person consists of:
- 4 oz. cheeseburger with lettuce, onion, tomato, ketchup and mustard
- hot dog with bun
- Portion of baked beans
- Portion of potato salad
- Portion of potato chips
- – Portion of strawberries
- Portion of vanilla ice cream
- cookie service
- 12 ounces of club soda
The cost breakdown for serving 10 people (1 plate each):
- Hamburger buns (2 packs of 8) – $3.12
- Hot Dog Buns (2 packs of 8) – $3.12
- 3 lb ground beef (for at least ten 4 oz burgers) – $15.48
- 1lb cookies – $4.51
- 2 packets of hot dogs – $5.60
- 16 oz bag of potato chips – $5.46
- 32 oz baked beans – $3.28
- 1 lb of tomatoes – $1.90
- 1 pound lettuce – $2.99
- 1 pound American cheese – $3.83
- 2 lbs potato salad – $7.98
- 2 pints strawberries – $4.86
- 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream – $4.42
- Ketchup and mustard – $1.99
- 1 pound onion – $1.29
- Two, 2 liters of soda – $3.98