Texas Food Prices Rise Heading Into Summer

Published 06/18 2014 11:04AM

Updated 06/18 2014 11:14AM

WACO,TX -- Texas shoppers will pay more for meat—especially pork—according to the latest Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) Grocery Price Watch survey. The total cost of the 16-item grocery bill rose to $47.57, up from $46.66 last quarter.

“The reduced supply of staple food items has consumers feeling the pinch at the grocery store, but farmers and ranchers only see a fraction of the higher prices,” TFB President Kenneth Dierschke said.

The survey showed prices for pork chops rising to $4.54 per pound from $4.25 last quarter and ground beef prices rising to $4.09 per pound from $3.95 last quarter. Sliced turkey increased to $4.68 this quarter, as compared to $4.36 in the first quarter of 2014. Smaller increases occurred for beef sirloin and boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Dairy products—milk and cheese—saw increases in the second quarter, as well.

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