Retail food prices in supermarkets across Kentucky fell 1.9 percent during the third quarter compared to the second quarter of 2010, according to data prepared by the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation.
The basket of 40 basic grocery items fell $1.98 to $106.50. But the basket was up $1.23, or 1.2 percent, compared to the same period in 2009.
The federation reported that 22 items were cheaper, 17 saw increases in their average price and one, 16-ounce dill pickle slices, was the same.
Of the six food groups included in the survey, fruits and vegetables saw the greatest decline with an average price drop of 7.1 percent. Poultry had the largest price increase with an average jump of 13.4 percent. The largest single-item changes were found in a 1-pound package of mild cheddar cheese with an 85-cent decrease and 2-pound packages of roll sausage, which were up 92 cents.
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On average, a farmer's share of a dollar spent at retail is 19 cents.