Arizona's market basket prices down compared to national

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By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist
By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist
By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist
By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist
By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist

PHOENIX -- Arizona retail food prices are down in the third quarter by $1.76, about 3 percent less than the second quarter.

The Arizona Farm Bureau tracks 16 common grocery items quarterly in what it calls the Arizona Farm Bureau Federation Marketbasket survey.

The total cost of the 16 items in September was $50.88, down from the $52.64 in the second quarter.

Of the 16 items, 12 decreased in price and four increased compared to the second quarter survey.

The Arizona Farm Bureau thinks that the amount of grocery chains in Arizona is a main factor.

"We are in one of the most competitive markets here in Arizona," said Julie Murphree, communications director of the Arizona Farm Bureau. "If you look at it, our major grocery stores, we have so many that they are in a competitive environment and they want to get you into the stores."

Eggs had the greatest decrease in price this quarter, down 42 cents to $1.93 a dozen. Bacon and boneless chicken breasts fell 36 cents to $4.49 and $4.05 a pound.

However, some common food items did rise in price in the third quarter.

Salad mix increased 52 cents to $2.91 for a pound bag. Other items that increased in price were apples by 25 cents, toasted oat cereal up 24 cents and orange juice up 10 cents.

Nationally, the American Farm Bureau Federation's national survey found that the total cost was $54.26, up $1.06 from the survey conducted a year ago.

Arizona saw steady increases in its marketbasket the past three quarters, causing initial concern for food inflation.

Visit www.azfb.org to learn more. To obtain the "Stretch Your Food Dollar" menu and nutrition information go to www.fillyourplate.org.