Farm Bureau: Arizona food prices are decreasing

The Arizona Farm Bureau's latest food price report says the cost of food is decreasing. (Photo courtesy of wikimedia.org)

The Arizona Farm Bureau’s latest marketbasket report says the cost of food is decreasing. (Photo courtesy of wikimedia.org)

Arizona retail food prices at the supermarket decreased in the first quarter of 2016, according to the latest Arizona Farm Bureau Federation Marketbasket Survey. The informal survey shows the total cost of 16 basic grocery items was $49.26, down $1.94 or about four percent less than the first quarter of 2016.

Compared to Arizona’s June 2015 survey total of $50.88, the 2016 second-quarter Marketbasket survey shows that Arizona’s food prices decreased about three percent year-to-year, the release noted.  In the second quarter of 2016, the American Farm Bureau tracked 14 of the July 4th favorites including hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans,lemonade and chocolate milk instead of surveying the 16 basic grocery items.

The informal survey revealed the average cost of a summer cookout for 10 people is $56.06, or $5.61 per person. Likewise, Arizona’s informal survey of the same summer cookout items is $53.17 or $5.31 per person, according to the release.

“The overall decrease in Arizona food prices is consistent with overall lower agriculture commodity prices,” Arizona Farm Bureau’s Communication Director Julie Murphree said in a prepared statement. “Families should take advantage of cheese and egg prices right now as they have the largest price decreases in the group of 16 items. We continue to encourage Arizona families to keep hunting for those bargains in our basics like your meats, fruits, vegetables, dairy and eggs to stretch your food dollars.”

Of the 16 items surveyed in Arizona, eight decreased, eight increased compared to the 2016 first quarter survey.  In Arizona, off-the-shelf prices for shredded cheese showed the greatest decrease in price down $1.47 cents to $3.81 a pound; eggs down $1.26 cents to $1.69 a dozen; sirloin down 66 cents to $6.98 a pound; deli ham down 48 cents to $3.51 a pound; apples down 52 cents to $1.33 a pound; milk down 30 cents to $1.95 a gallon; bacon down 18 cents to $4.49 a pound and flour down 10 cent to $1.86 a 5-pound bag.

Boneless chicken breast showed the largest price increase up $1.17 cents to $4.36 a pound. The other items that increased in price were ground chuck up 65 cents to $3.77 a pound; toasted oat cereal up 52 cents to $3.13 a for the 8.9 oz box; vegetable oil up 38 cents to $ 2.65 a 32-oz bottle; potatoes up 16 cents to $2.81 a 5-pound bag; salad mix up 10 cents to $2.79 a pound bag; orange juice up 3 cents to $2.89 a half-gallon and white bread up 2 cents to $1.24 a 20-oz loaf.

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