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TFB: Texas’ Second Quarter Food Prices Show Slight Increase

WACO —Retail food prices in Texas showed a slight increase in the second quarter, according to the latest Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) Grocery Price Watch survey.

The survey results recorded a total of $45.86 for a 16-staple item basket, including produce, meat, grain and dairy products.

“It was a slight increase from the first quarter—just 33 cents,” TFB President Russell Boening said. “Oftentimes our total grocery bill is high, but our survey only counts the food products and not the other household items you can purchase in the store.”

Prices at the meat counter were mixed, but sirloin steak led the increase this quarter, up 38 cents to $6.48 per pound.

Lean ground beef dropped 14 cents to $3.53 per pound, and pork chops showed a slight increase, up 3 cents to $3.87 per pound.

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts dropped 13 cents to $3.15 per pound. Sliced turkey showed an 11-cent increase to $4.77 per package.

“It’s peak grilling season for Texans, and the meat counter offers a variety of cuts for all price budgets,” Boening said. “The important thing is to keep a healthy portion of protein on our plates as part of a balanced diet and, of course, enjoy time with family.”

The price of 2% milk stayed the same at $2.96 per gallon. Block cheddar cheese fell eight cents to $2.68, while vanilla ice cream increased 19 cents to $6.25 per half gallon.

Of the 16 food staples surveyed, vanilla cake mix, dried pinto beans, long grain rice and white bread saw a slight decrease in price.

Corn flakes, tomatoes, grapefruit and lettuce registered slight increases for the second quarter.

The TFB Grocery Price Watch is conducted quarterly by shoppers strategically located across the state of Texas. The current survey data was collected by 43 shoppers from May 31-June 7, 2018. TFB has monitored Texas food prices through its Grocery Price Watch survey since March 2009.

First Quarter Grocery Prices Drop in Texas

WACO, Texas —Retail food prices showed a decrease during the first quarter of 2017, with a basket of 16 staple items at the grocery store totaling $45.12, according to the latest Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) Grocery Price Watch survey.

Prices dropped 3.59 percent over last quarter and 2.82 percent compared to this time last year.

“Lower prices are good news for Texas families, taking a little bit of pressure off tight budgets,” TFB President Russell Boening said.

The biggest decreases were at the meat counter, with sirloin steak leading the drop. It fell to $5.29 per pound, down from $6.63 last quarter.

Ground beef—80 percent lean—is down 8 cents to $3.62 per pound.

“Beef production in the last quarter of 2016 was high and it’s still increasing in the beginning of 2017,” Boening said. “Reports also have beef prices forecast lower throughout the year.”
Other proteins also saw a decrease.

Prices for pork chops fell 7.07 percent to $3.55 per pound, compared to $3.82 per pound last quarter.

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts showed a one cent drop from last quarter to $3.33 per pound.

Slicked turkey was the only protein to see a price increase in the first quarter, up 4.14 percent to $5.03 per pound.

Of the 16 items surveyed, fresh tomatoes, corn flakes, long grain rice, vanilla ice cream, dried pinto beans and block cheddar cheese also decreased in price.

Shoppers saw costs for lettuce and grapefruit go up. Slightly higher increases were noted for white bread, vanilla cake mix and 2% milk.

The TFB Grocery Price Watch is conducted quarterly by shoppers strategically located across the state. The current survey data was collected by 44 shoppers from March 2-9, 2017. TFB has monitored Texas food prices through its Grocery Price Watch survey since March 2009.

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Texans Pay Less for Groceries in First Quarter of 2016

(WACO, Texas)— Quarterly food basket prices drop to $46.43, according to the Texas Farm Bureau’s (TFB) Grocery Price Watch survey released Tuesday.

The consumer dollar bought a bigger basket in the first quarter of 2016 as retail food prices continued to drop.

The first quarter survey results recorded a total balance of $46.43 for a 16-staple item basket including produce, meat, grain and dairy products. It’s a decrease of more than 2 percent over last quarter and 5.32 percent compared to this time last year.

“Grocery prices affect all Texans, including farmers and ranchers,” TFB President Russell Boening said. “Our survey shows a trip to the grocery store is costing consumers less than a short time ago.”

Leading the decrease at the meat counter is sirloin steak, which fell to $6.29 per pound. That’s down 13.95 percent from $7.31 last quarter. Lean ground beef dropped 5.12 percent, or 21 cents, to $3.89 per pound.

“A growing cow herd and less expensive input costs—like feed and fuel—have protein prices, especially beef, falling,” Boening said.

Prices for pork chops saw a decrease of 6.19 percent to $3.94 per pound, compared to $4.20 last quarter.

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts were the only protein to see a price increase in the first quarter. The slight increase was less than 1 percent, for a total of $3.36 per pound.

Shoppers looking for fresh produce paid less for lettuce, grapefruit and fresh tomatoes.

“Texas-grown grapefruit and citrus are harvested during the first few months of the year, making them an affordable and nutritious option,” Boening said.

Of the 16 food staples surveyed, four other items decreased in price or stayed the same, while three increased in price from last quarter.

The TFB Grocery Price Watch is conducted quarterly by shoppers strategically located across the state of Texas. The current survey data was collected by 42 shoppers from March 3-10, 2016. TFB has monitored Texas food prices through its Grocery Price Watch survey since March 2009.

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