ALABAMA FOOD PRICES DOWN IN JUNE
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama shoppers could find bargains on every aisle of their supermarkets this month as food prices across the state fell 1.7 percent. According to the Alabama Farmers Federation's monthly food price survey, the average cost of 20 basic market basket items was $43.05 in June, down 75 cents from last month.
Increased supplies of meat and poultry products, coupled with warm weather promotions, made pork and chicken economical options for springtime grillers. Pork prices fell 4 percent this month with chops averaging $2.94 a pound, down 14 cents. Boston butts were 3 cents cheaper at $1.67 a pound, and bacon was down 14 cents to $3.05 a pound. Chicken breasts also were a good buy at $1.89 a pound, down 20 cents, but whole fryers were slightly more expensive at $1.08 a pound, up 3 cents. Beef prices fell almost 2 percent with T-bone steaks averaging $7.60 a pound, down a nickel. Ground beef scanned in at $2.06 a pound, down 6 cents, and chuck roasts fell 13 cents to $2.85 a pound. Meanwhile, eggs were up 3 cents to 95 cents a dozen.
On the produce aisle, warmer weather brought a steep drop in tomato prices. The summertime favorite averaged $1.33 a pound at Alabama supermarkets, down 23 cents from May, and red potatoes were down 5 cents to 81 cents a pound. Sweet potatoes also were less expensive at 71 cents a pound, down 6 cents. Lettuce, however, was up 9 cents to $1.44 a head.
In the dairy case, ice cream averaged a cool $3.29 a half-gallon, down 9 cents, while milk was a penny cheaper at $2 a half-gallon. Across the state, butter prices edged 2 cents lower to $2.69 a pound.
Regional reports collected by volunteer shoppers June 1-6 showed the market basket averaged $39.58 in northwest Alabama, $42.18 in the central counties, $43.19 in the northeast corner of the state and $46.55 in south Alabama.