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Independence Day cookouts costing about the same as 2018

Posted at 1:11 PM, Jul 04, 2019

LANSING, Mich. — Cookouts are a part of summer tradition.

Foods like hotdogs, cheeseburgers, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans, lemonade and watermelon will cost just a few cents more this year, coming in at less than $6 per person, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) said.

According to the bureau, the average cost of a summer cookout for 10 people is $52.80 or $5.28 per person, bringing the cost up by 11 cents, less than 1%, from last year.

"Strong consumer demand for beef and growth in U.S. meat production has led to higher ground beef prices but lower pork spare rib prices for the 4th of July," said AFBF Chief Economist Dr. John Newton. "Pork production in 2019 continues to increase compared to year-ago levels. Increased supplies and competition in the meat case at the grocery contributed to lower spare rib prices."

A total of 114 AFBF members in 34 states served as "volunteer shoppers," checking retail prices for July 4th cookout foods at their local grocery stores for this informal survey.

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