July 12, 2022

Kosher Barbecue Prices Soar

South Fallsburg, NY…Sandy’s annual barbecue bill this past July 4th was nearly 20% higher than he had paid last year. It is not just kosher that is footing a higher bill for the summer ritual. Prices for barbecue items such as hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans and lemonade climbed 17% compared to a year ago with kosher averaging in the low 20 %. Inflation in the U.S. marked the largest annual increase in four decades in May, cutting into consumer buying power and spurring fears of a recession. Some price tags have soared more than others, according to research from Wells Fargo. Avocado prices climbed 24% versus a year ago as supply chains have slowed shipments, while beer prices jumped 25% since 2021, following grain, a key ingredient, higher. Prices of ground beef used to make hamburgers soared to an all-time high earlier this year, also pressured by high prices of corn used to feed cattle. Prices of some products have come down slightly in recent months but remain high.
Farm Bureau pegged ground beef prices up 36% from 2021, while lemonade added 22%.