A Fourth of July picnic including hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans, lemonade and chocolate milk will cost slightly more this year but still comes in at less than $6 per person, according to a new survey from the American Farm Bureau Federation.
Farm Bureau's informal survey reveals the average cost for a summer picnic for 10 is $58.72, or $5.87 per person. That's about a 5% increase compared to a year ago.
"Despite some modest price increases over the past year or so – meats, especially – most Americans should be able to find summer picnic foods at prices close to the averages found by our volunteer shoppers," said John Anderson, deputy chief economist at AFBF.
"Retail meat prices are higher compared to a year ago because the nation's cattle herd is now at a historically small level," Anderson said. "The total number of hogs farmers across the nation are raising is also down, which has contributed to higher retail prices for pork products."
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, lemonade, chocolate milk, watermelon for dessert, and ketchup and mustard.
A total of 84 Farm Bureau members in 25 states served as volunteer shoppers and checked retail prices for summer picnic foods at their local grocery stores for the survey.