MEAT PRICES DROP SLIGHTLY FOR ALABAMA SHOPPERS
MONTGOMERY Shoppers found bargains at the meat counter this month while vegetables and dairy products increased slightly during the same period, according to the monthly food price survey conducted by the Alabama Farmers Federation.
Eggs had the highest increase in the survey with the average price of 79 cents a dozen reported for May, compared to 73 cents per dozen last month.
The survey was conducted May 1-6 and included 20 typical market basket items that averaged $36.33 across the state, up less than one percent over the April survey.
Pork prices that included chops, bacon and Boston butts, were down .4 percent this month while beef prices, including steak, ground beef and chuck roasts, dropped 1 percent. Poultry prices remained unchanged from the April report, with a statewide average for fryers reported at 90 cents a pound and chicken breast at $1.64 a pound.
While vegetable prices showed a slight increase since last month, those prices are likely to decline in the coming months as fresh, locally grown produce becomes available. Prices for tomatoes, red potatoes, lettuce and sweet potatoes increased slightly, up 1.1 percent for May.
Dairy products, including milk, ice cream, cottage cheese and butter, showed a slight increase this month, as the average price for the items edged up 1.9 percent since the April survey.
Regional reports collected around the state showed the market basket total averaged $35.63 in northwest Alabama, $35.75 in central Alabama, $36.32 in south Alabama and $37.52 in northeast Alabama.