Shoppers pay 17 percent more for popular Independence Day foods

The American Farm Bureau reports customers will pay nearly $70 for a typical family cookout this year.
Grocery prices are going up, making summer cookouts more expensive.
Grocery prices are going up, making summer cookouts more expensive.(WBTV)
Published: Jul. 1, 2022 at 10:32 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - If you’re going to buy food this weekend, especially for a Fourth of July cookout, things are going to cost you more.

The American Farm Bureau said you’ll pay 17 percent more for your favorite Independence Day foods this year when compared to the same time last year.

With data from a country-wide survey, the Bureau reported you’ll be paying about $70 for a typical cookout with 10 people.

“If I knew this about four, five years ago, I would’ve saved every dime I could get my hands on,” Elesa Hill, a shopper at Giant Penny, said.

“It’s really outrageous,” she said. “The only thing cheap in my buggy is the garlic bread. And everything else is just sky high. Even this pack of beef bologna, even a little Lunchable for a little child! It’s outrageous.”

“It ain’t quite like a year or two ago. It was a little bit cheaper,” another shopper, Adrian Goode, said.

Ground beef, the Bureau said, is seeing the most expensive price hike, going up 36 percent in the past year. Chicken breasts, pork chops, ice cream and wine are also on the rise.

Billy Tran, co-owner of Giant Penny in Charlotte, said some items have even doubled in price.

While many things are going up, the Farm Bureau did say sliced cheese and potato chips have dropped a couple cents.

You can find the data and more information from the American Farm Bureau Federation here.

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