BBQ Facts Ahead of Biggest Grill Day of the Year
Rabobank’s BBQ Index examines the ingredients of a 10 person BBQ and then compares costs over the years.
For example, in 2009 a 10 person BBQ would have set you back $51.90 and on Friday that price tag will be $66.82, a 29 percent jump from last year’s cost. Rabobank’s Protein Economist Don Close shares the past several years’ stats
Close: “That is following a 13 percent increase in 2009, 25 percent increase in 2013 and then the 29 percent increase this year. So yes, we’ve seen more of an increase in 2014 and a succession of higher prices.”
Close continues with some of the why behind the increase
Close: “The big drivers in that increase, certainly the increase in beef prices is the number one driver — but in all animal protein. The second one is with the international demand for cheese, the cheese on that cheeseburger is certainly a factor.”