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January 17, 2002   Email to Friend 

Jeff Helms
January 17, 2002

"Montgomery, Ala." Higher produce and beef prices offset savings on poultry and dairy products this month as Alabama food prices edged seven-tenths of 1 percent higher. According to the Alabama Farmers Federation's monthly food price survey, the average cost of 20 basic market basket items was $37.67, up 26 cents from December but down 15 cents from the same time last year.

Beef prices rebounded in January following a sharp decline last month. T-bone steaks averaged $6.36 a pound, up 58 cents, and ground beef was 9 cents higher at $1.66 a pound. Overall, beef prices climbed 7.5 percent fueled by strong consumer demand. Pork prices, however, were down 2.1 percent this month with bacon averaging $2.59 a pound--a savings of 13 cents. Boston butts were a nickel cheaper at $1.44 a pound, while pork chops were slightly higher at $3.06 a pound.

Poultry also was a good buy this month as the price of chicken breasts fell 16 cents to $1.65 a pound. Fryers were a nickel cheaper at 87 cents a pound, while eggs averaged 80 cents a dozen, down 2 cents.

On the produce aisle, lettuce prices bounced back after dipping unusually low in December, resulting in an overall increase of 7.3 percent for fresh fruits and vegetables. Lettuce was $1.21 a head, up 32 cents, while red potatoes and sweet potatoes were 5 cents higher at 60 and 65 cents a pound, respectively. Tomatoes were the best deal at $1.07 a pound, down 20 cents.

Dairy products continued to be a bright spot for frugal shoppers in January as average prices fell for the third straight month. Butter was $2.56 a pound, down 17 cents, while cottage cheese was $1.75 a pound, down 19 cents. Milk prices were steady at $1.85 for a half-gallon.

Regional reports collected at supermarkets around the state Jan. 2-8 showed the market basket averaged $35.68 in northwest Alabama, $37.15 in the central counties, $38.80 in the northeast corner of the state, and $39.17 in south Alabama.

For 2002, the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts a moderate increase in the price of basic food items of 2.5 -- 3 percent. Meanwhile, economists expect the slowing economy to result in consumers eating at home more often as they substitute staple foods for more expensive convenience foods.

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