Indiana Farm Bureau says cost of July 4 cookout is up 5%

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – The Indiana Farm Bureau conducted a survey to compare food prices this 4th of July holiday to prices last season.

According to the farm bureau, food prices are approximately 5% higher than last year.

The survey found the cost to feed 10 people at a cookout in Indiana this summer is $52.56 or $5.26 per person.

The survey was coordinated as part of a nationwide survey coordinated by the American Farm Bureau Federation, which found the national average to be $52.80 ($5.28 per person).

“Despite minimal increases this year, Indiana food prices continue to remain affordable, and just below the national average,” said Isabella Chism, INFB 2nd vice president and chair of the Women’s Leadership Committee. “Hosts gathering with family and friends this year can feed the crowd on a budget if they purchase the more affordable items in our market basket this year, like hot dogs and hamburgers.”

Cookout Items (INFB survey) 2017 2018 2019 % Change (Past year)
Ground round (2 lbs.) $8.26 $8.35 $8.65 +4%
Hot dogs (1 lb.) $1.82 $1.96 $2.05 +5%
Hamburger buns (1 package) $1.49 $1.25 $1.39 +11%
Hot dog buns (1 package) $1.51 $1.25 $1.36 +9%
Pork spare ribs (4 lbs.) $10.28 $11.19 $12.17 +9%
American cheese (16-slice package) $2.53 $2.79 $2.65 -5%
Baked beans (28-ounce can) $1.86 $1.91 $1.96 +3%
Potato salad (3 lbs. prepared) $9.84 $8.15 $9.98 +22%
Watermelon (4 lbs.) $4.27 $4.72 $4.42 -6%
Corn chips (15 oz. bag) $3.31 $3.19 $3.10 -3%
Lemonade (premixed, half gallon) $1.96 $2.43 $2.10 -14%
Mustard (16 oz. bottle) $1.32 $1.30 $1.21 -7%
Ketchup (20 oz. bottle) $1.09 $1.37 $1.53 +12%
TOTAL AVERAGE MEAL PRICE $49.50 $49.86 $52.56 +5%

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This story was originally published on July 2, 2019

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