Retail food prices in supermarkets across Kentucky were essentially flat during the first quarter of 2012 compared with the fourth quarter of 2011, according to data prepared by the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation.
The price of a basket of 40 basic items fell 19 cents, or 0.2 percent, to $115.71 compared with the previous quarter.
The federation reported that 22 items were cheaper, 17 saw increases in their average price and one, center-cut pork chops, was the same.
Of the six food groups included in the survey, poultry saw the greatest decline, with an average price drop of 8.7 percent. Beef was the category with the largest price increase, with an average jump of 3.7 percent.
The largest single-item price drop was mild cheddar cheese, which dropped 60 cents a pound, and T-bone steak saw the largest single-price increase at 71 cents a pound.
On average, a farmer's share of a dollar spent at retail is less than 16 cents.