PHOENIX — Arizona retail food prices at the supermarket were down in the second quarter of 2017, according to the latest Arizona Farm Bureau Federation Marketbasket Survey.
The informal survey shows the total cost of 16 basic grocery items was $46.06, down $3.10 or about 6 percent less than the first quarter of 2017 ($49.16).
Compared to Arizona’s June 2016 second-quarter survey total of $49.26, the 2017 second-quarter Marketbasket survey shows that Arizona’s food prices have also decreased about 6 percent year-to-year.
“Without being too predictive, I see lower food pricing continuing now that Amazon just announced its intent to acquire Whole Foods,” said Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau communication director. “Arizona families should keep hunting for bargains in our basic food items like your meats, fruits, vegetables, dairy and eggs to stretch your food dollars. So shop the outside aisles of the grocery store. American families are recipients of the most abundant, healthiest and economically priced fresh food.”
Of the 16 items surveyed in Arizona, 12 decreased and four increased compared to the 2017 first-quarter survey.
In Arizona, off-the-shelf prices for toasted oat cereal showed the greatest decrease in price, down $1.07 cents to $2.50 for the 8.9-ounce box; bacon down 74 cents to $4.74 a pound; vegetable oil down 53 cents to $1.82 a 32-ounce bottle; ground chuck and flour down 48 cents to $2.86 a pound and $1.98 a 5-pound bag, respectively; deli ham down 38 cents to $3.61 a pound; shredded cheese down 30…
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