As the Fourth of July approaches, anticipation fills the air, and Americans prepare to celebrate this beloved national holiday in a truly delectable way: with barbecues. Known by various names like “cookouts” or simply “grilling,” these outdoor feasts bring together family and friends, igniting the spirit of community and the joys of good food. However, regardless of the terminology used, this Fourth of July weekend Americans may notice higher prices for essential barbecue items, such as tangy barbecue sauce, savory ketchup, and delicious buns. For instance, a 32-ounce bottle of ketchup, which averaged $4.08 during the week of May 16, 2022, rose to $5.22 by the week of May 15, 2023—a significant jump of nearly 28%. Similarly, other condiments have also experienced price hikes, with a 20-ounce bottle of mustard rising approximately 13% during the same time period, while 26-ounce bottles and jars of relish witnessed a surge of around 12%. These price increases can understandably cause frustration and concern for many American families preparing for barbecue gatherings.
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