This data set provides monthly average price values, and the differences among those values, at the farm, wholesale, and retail stages of the production and marketing chain for selected cuts of beef, pork, and broilers. In addition, retail prices are provided for beef and pork cuts, turkey, whole chickens, eggs, and dairy products. Price spreads are reported for last 6 years, 12 quarters, and 24 months. The retail price file provides monthly estimates for the last 6 months. The historical file provides data since 1970.
Errata: On November 20, 2013 the retail pork values, price spreads, and farmer's shares for January-July 2013 were revised to correct an error in bacon prices (city average and Northeast region, sliced, per lb) reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for those months.
On November 7, 2013, the “Choice beef” retail value series for 2008-2013 was revised to correct a calculation error. This corrected price series and comparisons of the old and corrected series appear in 3 files below:
- Beef values and price spreads
- Summary of retail prices and price spreads
- Historical monthly price spread data for beef, pork, broilers, turkeys, and eggs
On September 18, 2013, the “Retail prices for beef, pork, poultry cuts, eggs, and dairy products” and “Summary of retail prices and price spreads” tables were revised to correct an error in the July 2013 whole frozen turkey price reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.