Cost of bacon drives up food prices in Wisconsin, survey shows
MADISON, Wis. — Surging bacon prices are driving up overall food costs in Wisconsin, according to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Marketbasket survey.
Food prices have increased slightly in Wisconsin, according to the bureau’s ‘s survey, which tracks the average price of 16 food items used to prepare one or more meals.
The results reported the average cost of the survey items to be $49.66, a 1.3 percent increase than one year ago and almost a 1.4 percent increase since just March.
The increase in the price of bacon was a large contributor to the rise price, according to the report.
“Bacon is a trendy food item right now,” spokeswoman of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation Amy Eckelberg said. “We are seeing a high interest in this product, therefore a decline in inventory and the reason for a 14 percent increase in price.”
Wisconsin’s $49.66 Marketbasket survey average price is $1.47 less than the American Farm Bureau Federation’s national survey of the same 16 food items, according to the report.
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