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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Volunteer shoppers from county Farm Bureaus statewide took part in the Third Quarter Marketbasket Survey, an informal survey of the price of 16 food items consumers purchase on a regular basis.
The result was Missouri shoppers spent $4.08 more for the same 16 food items this quarter than they did during the second quarter of 2010.
“Much of the increase in prices is a result in a rebound of meat prices from the historically low prices of one year ago,” said Diane Olson, director of promotion and education for the Missouri Farm Bureau. “Shoppers paid more for sliced deli ham, ground chuck, sirloin tip roast and bacon this quarter.”
The survey shows eggs and shredded cheddar cheese had slight increases, while prices dropped for potatoes, chicken breasts, milk, flour and toasted oat cereal.
Relatively unchanged in price were vegetable oil, bread, orange juice, salad mix and apples.
“This quarter’s recovery in meat prices not only made our total bill for the 16 food items rise to $47.49 in Missouri, but it also caused Missouri shoppers to pay on average $1.32 more for the same food items than shoppers paid nationwide,” Olson said. “Typically, Missouri shoppers pay less for their food than the national average.”