In an informal study conducted by the American Farm Bureau Federation, the Spring Picnic Marketbasket Survey revealed price increases to some pantry staples. These increases can be attributed to many things, including weather, surges in exports and overall price inflation. Of the 16 items surveyed, nine increased and seven decreased in national price.

The prices and percent changes below reflect the change in cost of each product in 2018 compared to 2017 prices.

1. Eggs

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The price of eggs has increased an egg-streme 37 percent and will now cost, on average, $1.80 per dozen.

2. Orange Juice

Our preferred source of Vitamin C, orange juice, has seen a price increase of up to 8 percent this year. A half gallon will roughly set you back about $3.46.

3. Bagged Salad

If you are trying to eat more greens, don’t panic. The price of bagged salads increased only slightly at 4 percent and now costs around $2.42 per pound.

4. Deli Ham

What do you call a pig thief? A hamburglar! Luckily, the inflation of ham is a steal and increased by around 3 percent; however, it will still set you back about $5.59 per pound.

5. Vegetable Oil

The cost of vegetable oil will cost you around $2.61 per 32-ounce bottle after a 2 percent increase.

6. Shedded Cheddar Cheese

More cheese, please! The price of shredded cheddar cheese saw a 2 percent increase and now costs $4.20 per pound.

7. Ground Chuck

In 2018, ground chuck, commonly used for burgers, had a 2 percent increase and now costs about $4.01 per pound.

8. Bacon

Who doesn’t love bacon? Up 2 percent, bacon is around $4.75 per pound now.

9. Sirloin Tip Roast

Rising just 2 percent, sirloin tip roast will now cost you about $5.12 per pound.

10. White Bread

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We aren’t full of bad news! White bread is down by a whopping 7 percent and costs $1.60 per 20-ounce loaf.

SEE ALSO: Food Facts: Wheat

11. Whole Milk

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Really milking it for all its worth! Whole milk is down 6 percent and is now around $3.07 per gallon.

SEE ALSO: Milk and Dairy Fun Facts

12. Raw Chicken Breast

In this case, it is OK to count your chickens before they hatch. Raw chicken breast is down 2 percent to $3.10 per pound.

13. Toasted Oat Cereal

Down 2 percent to $2.78 for a 9-ounce box, the perfect snack of toasted oat cereal is easy on the waistline and the wallet.

14. Apples

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They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away! Fortunately, apples are down 1 percent to $1.53 per pound.

SEE ALSO: 10 Fun Facts About Apples

15. Flour

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For all of your annual baking needs, flour is down roughly less than 1 percent to $2.34 for a 5-pound bag.

16. Potatoes

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Taters gonna tate! Potatoes are down just under 1 percent and a 5-pound bag costs around $2.67.

SEE ALSO: Potato Trivia and Fun Facts

Source: American Farm Bureau Federation’s Spring Picnic Marketbasket Survey


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