WASHINGTON — A Fourth of July picnic of Americans’ favorite
foods — including hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked
beans, lemonade and chocolate milk — cost less than $6 per person this summer,
according to an informal survey conducted by the American Farm Bureau
The average cost for a summer picnic for 10 is $57.20, or
$5.72 per person, the AFBF said.
“Although retail food prices have increased modestly over
the past year or so, most Americans should be able to find summer picnic foods
at close to the average prices found by our volunteer shoppers,” said John
Anderson, AFBF deputy chief economist.
“We’re fortunate here in America to have a consistent,
high-quality supply of meats and poultry that can be grilled or prepared any
number of different ways.”
The AFBF’s summer picnic menu for 10 consists of hot dogs
and buns, cheeseburgers and buns, pork spare ribs, deli potato salad, baked
beans, corn chips, ketchup and mustard, lemonade, chocolate milk and watermelon.
A total of 60 AFBF volunteer shoppers in 22 states checked
retail prices for summer picnic foods for this informal survey.
The AFBF’s July Fourth Picnic Survey is part of the
organization’s marketbasket series, which also includes an annual Thanksgiving
Dinner Cost Survey and two “everyday” marketbasket surveys on common food
staples that can be used to prepare a meal.