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ERS compares prices paid by consumers for food with prices received by farmers for corresponding commodities. This data set reports these comparisons for a variety of foods sold through retail foodstores such as supermarkets and supercenters.

Comparisons are made for individual foods and groupings of individual foods—market baskets—that represent what a typical U.S. household buys at retail in a year. The retail costs of these baskets are compared with the money received by farmers for a corresponding basket of agricultural commodities.

ERS data on price spreads for meat, pork, poultry, and eggs can be found in the Meat Price Spreads data product. A different method is used to calculate monthly price spreads for beef, pork, broilers, turkeys, and eggs.

Data Set   Download as Excel
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Dairy Back to top
Milk and dairy basket Download as Excel 8/11/2014
Butter, one pound Download as Excel 11/14/2012
Cheddar cheese, one pound Download as Excel 8/11/2014
Ice cream, regular, one-half gallon Download as Excel 8/11/2014
Whole milk, one gallon Download as Excel 8/11/2014
Fresh fruit Back to top
Fresh fruit basket Download as Excel 3/20/2013
Fresh apples Download as Excel 3/20/2013
Fresh grapefruit Download as Excel 3/20/2013
Fresh grapes Download as Excel 3/20/2013
Fresh lemons Download as Excel 3/20/2013
Fresh oranges Download as Excel 3/20/2013
Fresh peaches Download as Excel 3/20/2013
Fresh pears Download as Excel 3/20/2013
Fresh strawberries Download as Excel 3/20/2013
Fresh vegetables Back to top
Fresh vegetables basket Download as Excel 11/20/2013
Fresh broccoli Download as Excel 11/20/2013
Fresh lettuce, iceberg Download as Excel 11/20/2013
Fresh potatoes Download as Excel 11/20/2013
Fresh tomatoes, field grown Download as Excel 11/20/2013
Processed fruit and vegetables Back to top
Orange juice, not from concentrate, one gallon Download as Excel 11/20/2013
Orange juice, frozen concentrate, one reconstituted gallon Download as Excel 11/20/2013
Field crops Back to top
Flour, white, all purpose, per pound Download as Excel 8/11/2014
Margarine, stick, per pound Download as Excel 11/14/2012
Sugar, white, per pound Download as Excel 11/20/2013
White pan bread, per pound Download as Excel 8/11/2014
Archived Versions Back to top
Cheddar cheese, one pound Download as Excel 11/20/2013
Ice cream, regular, one-half gallon Download as Excel 11/20/2013
Whole milk, one gallon Download as Excel 11/20/2013

Last updated: Monday, August 11, 2014

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