ELLSWORTH — Prices for most grocery staples have stayed flat or unchanged since last quarter.
That’s the main finding of The American’s latest Market Basket report. Every quarter, the newspaper records the price of grocery staples at the Ellsworth Hannaford, Shaw’s Supermarket and Walmart and averages the prices together.
The prices for Cheerios, milk and butter remained unchanged since April.
Beef prices should remain stable, according to industry officials.
The beef supply has increased, according to Alison Krebs, director of market intelligence for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association,
In case you’ve been wondering, we are paying more for beef in Maine.
The national average this year for a pound of beef is $4.78, a quarter less than Ellsworth prices.
Egg prices dipped precipitously — $1.91 for a dozen large, white store brand. That’s down 21 percent from the $2.42 recorded in April.
According to Cal-Maine Foods, which is the largest producer and distributor of “fresh shell eggs” in the United States, retail sales of eggs are greatest during the fall and winter months and lowest in the summer months.
But, hold on to your basket.
“Shell egg prices tend to increase with the start of the school year,” the company stated.
In other items, a 16.3 ounce jar of Skippy peanut butter also stayed flat at $2.68 — 4 cents off April’s recording of $2.72.
In a related aisle, bread increased about 7 percent to $1.45 for a 16-ounce loaf of white store brand from $1.35.