Inflation contributes to rising cost of summer barbecues in 2022

What a wiener!

A 2021 tweet sent by an unnamed White House official last July looks pretty ridiculous as the 2022 barbecue season heats up.

“Hot Dog, Biden’s economic plan is working,” read the unintentionally hilarious dispatch, illustrated with a cute GIF. “This is something we can all taste.”

The reason for the celebration? The cost of a summer barbecue for four, according to a report released by the Farm Bureau in 2021, is down $0.16 from the previous year, 2020 — not exactly a standout year for social gatherings.

Don’t expect any similar commemorative social media posts from the Biden administration this year.

Americans gearing up for the traditional 4th of July celebration can expect to shell out over $76.94 for the average barbecue.
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A 2021 White House tweet about the price of a 4th of July barbecue seems terribly out of date this summer.
I know what you tweeted last summer: this 2021 White House post hasn’t aged well.

Inflation is everywhere under the coke this summer. Americans gearing up for the traditional 4th of July celebration can expect to shell out over $76.94 for the average barbecue — hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, pork and all the ingredients. This represents an increase of more than 17% from last year’s $65.46 figure, according to the Consumer Price Index compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Other summer favorites are no better:

  • Hot dogs are up 37.37% per pound from 2021, rising from $3.80 to $5.22.
  • The soda rose 16.56% after bubbling above $1.90 for a 2-liter bottle.
  • Ice cream prices can have a chilling effect on your next birthday party, rising from $4.69 to $5.35 – a 14.07% increase in just one year.
  • Grilling healthy? The price of chicken breast is with tongues clucking across the country, up 27.89%.
Hot dogs on a flaming grill, illustrating the rising cost of summer barbeques.
Frankly speaking: the cost of your next roast could be much higher this year.
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Phil Lempert, editor of trade publication SupermarketGuru.com and a food industry analyst, attributes the soaring food prices to four issues: climate change; labor shortages on farms, in supermarkets and in the trucking industry; rising diesel prices; and the war in Ukraine.

“The biggest price increase we’re seeing is in beef, pork, chicken, eggs and milk,” Lempert told The Post. Shoppers looking for a break shouldn’t hold their breath.

“Prices will continue to rise,” he warned. “This isn’t going to stabilize for probably another 12 months, until we can really solve the supply chain issues; solve transportation problems and control the climate.”

You will scream for ice cream prices this summer.
You will scream for ice cream prices this summer.
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To save some lettuce this summer, Lempert advises heading to the frozen section for more affordable meats and seafood; Also, ditch the deli counter and instead look for cheeses in the pre-packaged dairy box, for a savings of 30% to 40%. Warm dog.

Beef prices rose $9.58 for 2 pounds in 2022.
Beef prices rose $9.58 for 2 pounds in 2022.
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Inflation is everywhere under the coke this summer:

Inflation is everywhere under the coke this summer.
See how prices have increased.
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  • Ground beef:
    2022: $9.58 for 2 pounds
    2021: $8.20
    Price increase: 16.83%
  • Hot dogs per pound (about five to seven dogs)
    2022: $5.22
    2021: $3.80
    Price increase: 37.37%
  • Chicken breast, boneless (per 2 pounds)
    2022: $8.62 for 2 pounds
    2021: $6.74 for 2 pounds
    Price increase: 27.89%
  • Cheese per pound:
    2022: $4.34
    2021: $4.05
    Price increase: 7.16%
  • Ice cream (per half a gallon)
    2022: $5.35
    2021: $4.69
    Price increase: 14.07%
  • Pork Chops (per 3 pounds):
    2022: $12.39
    2021: $11.64
    Price increase: 6.44%
  • French fries per 16 oz bag
    2022: $5.61
    2021: $4.92
    Price increase: 14.02%
  • Lettuce (per pound)
    2022: $2.99
    2021: $2.69
    Price increase: 11.4%
  • Tomatoes (per pound):
    2022: $1.82
    2021: $1.80
    Price increase: 1.11%
  • Eight hamburger buns
    2022: $1.82
    2021: $1.66
    Price increase: 9.64%
  • Potato Salad (per 2.5 pounds):
    2022: $2.99
    2021: $2.75
    Price increase: 8.73%
  • Strawberries (per two 12-ounce mugs)
    2022: $4.88
    2021: $5.30
    Price drop: -$7.92%
  • Baked beans (per three cans)
    2022: $4.92
    2021: $4.26
    Price increase: 15.49%
  • Soft drink (per 2 liters)
    2022: $1.90
    2021: $1.63
    Price increase: 16.56%
  • Biscuits (per pound/one packet)
    2022: $4.51
    2021: $4.02
    Price increase: 12.19%

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