AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – With the upcoming holiday weekend, many families around the Texas Panhandle will be celebrating the Fourth of July holiday. However, due to ongoing inflation, the war in Ukraine and supply chain disruptions, the cost of said cookout may be higher than what individuals are used to.
According to a news release from the American Farm Bureau Federation, the average cost of a Fourth of July cookout is up 17%, or about $10, compared to last year. Federation officials said the average cost of a cookout for 10 people is about $69.68, less than $7 per person.
Officials said that the price of beef has increased more than last year. According to the release, the retail price of two pounds of ground beef is about $11.12, up 36% from last year. Other items that increased in price were chicken, hamburger buns, potato salad and cookies.
Items that have fallen in price since last year include strawberries, sliced cheese and potato chips. According to the release, this year’s survey results were collected by 176 volunteer shoppers across the county. The results are listed below:
- Two pounds of ground beef, $11.12 (+36%)
- Two pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, $8.99 (+33%)
- 32 oz Pork and Beans, $2.53 (+33%)
- Three pounds of center cut pork chops, $15.26 (+31%)
- 2.5 quarts fresh-squeezed lemonade, $4.43 (+22%)
- 2.5 pounds of homemade potato salad, $3.27 (+19%)
- Eight Hamburger Buns, $1.93 (+16%)
- Half-gallon of vanilla ice cream, $5.16 (+10%)
- 13-ounce bag Chocolate Chip Cookies, $4.31 (+7%)
- Two Pint Strawberries, $4.44 (-16%)
- A pound of shredded cheese, $3.53 (-13%)
- 16-ounce bag of potato chips, $4.71 (-4%)
In a statement to MyHighPlains.com, United Supermarkets officials said the following:
“United Supermarkets, Market Street and Amigos work hard every day to give our guests opportunities to access savings on products they and their families need. From digital deals through our mobile app to our weekly advertising tailored to guest needs each week, our goal is to help guests find ways to save every time they walk into one of our stores. If a guest signs up for our rewards! program, they can access our fuel rebates, which can save up to a dollar on a gallon of gas for up to 25 gallons.
Officials of United Supermarkets