Consumer Price Index

CPI: Average price data

With the release of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) each month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) also publishes average retail prices for select utility, automotive fuel, and food items. Although average prices are calculated from the price observations collected for the CPI, they serve a different purpose.  The CPI measures price change while average prices provide estimates of price levels. Specifically, average prices are estimates of the average price paid by the consumer for a good or service.

At the U.S. level, the BLS publishes approximately 70 average prices for food items, 6 for utility gas (natural gas) and electricity, and 5 for automotive fuels. If the sample size is sufficient, all average prices are also published at the four major geographic regions--Northeast, Midwest, South, and West. In addition to national and regional levels, utility gas, electricity, and automotive fuel average prices are published for population class sizes, city size by region (regional/size cross classifications), divisions, and published areas. The BLS does not publish average price data for services or durable goods such as cars, apparel, furniture, or electronics due to the high degree of product differentiation.

It is important to keep in mind that the CPI sample is optimized for the calculation of price indexes, not for the calculation of average prices. Also, due to the narrow definition of many average prices, the number of prices used to calculate some average prices can be substantially smaller than the number of prices used in index calculation. Average prices are estimated from a subset of CPI data and are subject to the same set of sampling and collection errors as the index.

Calculation

Published average prices are weighted averages of the retail price and provide an estimate of the current retail price for a geographic area for the item. For the specific formula, see the CPI section of the BLS Handbook of Methods.

While the basic calculation described above is the same for all BLS average prices, each average price is specifically defined to only include certain types of items. The following section is a discussion of these differences.

Energy

Natural gas average prices are reported in therms, which are a measure of heating value. Natural gas prices that are billed per hundred or thousand cubic feet are converted to a price per therm prior to average price calculation. Electricity prices are reported in kilowatt hours (kwh). It should be noted that utility bills priced for the CPI are for different consumption amounts and may also be calculated from different types of residential rate schedules. Therefore, the average prices per therm and per kilowatt hour are generally not suitable for use in place-to-place price comparisons.

For fuel oil, only #2 fuel oil (home heating oil) is priced. Prices are collected, in most cases, for quantities greater than 1 gallon and are converted to a per gallon price. Fuel oil prices reflect discounts for quantity or quick payment.

Gasoline and diesel prices are collected as a price per gallon at the pump. An average price per gallon is published for: gasoline (all types), regular unleaded, midgrade unleaded, premium unleaded, and for diesel.

Utility and fuel average prices are published with federal, state, and local taxes included. Additional information is available in the Household energy factsheet.

Food

For food average prices, each retail price is converted to an effective price per a standard unit of measure (usually a price per ounce). Then the average price per ounce is calculated from all eligible prices for the item and is published as a price per some standard size that is appropriate for that item. For example, the estimated average price per ounce for ground beef is multiplied by 16 and published as an average price per pound. All food average prices are published without sales tax.

Most food average prices are defined for a select group of items, for example uncooked, white, long grain rice or a gallon of whole milk. Average prices are narrowly defined to identify homogeneous items, minimize quality differences between eligible items, and to ensure that the resulting estimate is meaningful. The average price calculation will include any CPI price observation that meets the selected specifications for that average price. For example, the average price series for Rice, White, Long grain, Uncooked , will include any CPI price observation where the item is described as "white rice", "long grain", and "uncooked" by the CPI data collectors. This would include organic and non-organic, 1lb and 5 lb. bags, regular, sale, and clearance prices, but would exclude any rice quotes for brown rice, rice blends, white short grain rice, etc.

Some food average price series only include the price of a fixed package size, while others include all package sizes. For example, the BLS publishes average prices for Eggs, grade A, Large, per doz. The "per doz." average price includes only prices collected for a dozen of large grade A eggs. Cartons of 6 or 18 eggs are excluded. This in contrast to the Rice, White, Long grain, Uncooked mentioned previously, where all package sizes are included in the average price calculation.

Over time changes in the retail market such as different packaging and new products have caused some of the food average price definitions to become obsolete. One example of this is the average price series for Cola, nondiet, cans 72 oz., 6 pack, per 16 oz., in which only six packs of canned nondiet, traditional cola are eligible. Since 1980 new varieties of cola and a shift to plastic bottles and larger multipacks have reduced the number of six packs of cola in the CPI sample. The eligible sample size became too small to support this average price and it was last published in 1992.

Because of space limitations, the description for each average price is abbreviated in BLS publications. Detailed specifications are available from BLS information offices upon request. Additionally, a table has been included at the end of this fact sheet to help clarify what is included and excluded from each average price series currently published. 

Items with less price volatility, such as beer and wine, are priced on a bimonthly basis and are assigned to either even or odd-numbered months for price collection. Prior to January 2015, average prices for bimonthly items did not include values for the off-cycle prices (those not priced in that month), which sometimes resulted in large changes in the average price from month to month. Since, January 2015, all of the eligible prices, including prior month prices for off-cycle items, are used in the average price calculation for bimonthly items.

How average prices differ from indexes

Average prices are estimates of the average price paid by the consumer, not estimates of price change. They provide an estimate of the price levels in a given month which cannot be determined from an index. Average prices can be used for comparing price levels of different items in the same month. For example, the different price levels for sirloin steaks and round steaks can be compared using the average price series for steak, round, USDA Choice, boneless per lb and steak, sirloin, USDA Choice, boneless, per lb. If geographic comparisons are made for the same item, users should be aware that average prices reflect variations in brand, quality, and size among geographic areas because items are uniquely selected at each location. The importance of these differences will vary by average price item. If time series comparisons are made, users should understand that factors besides pure price change, including sample rotation, quality changes, and shifting consumer preferences, may be contributing to differences. The CPI controls for these factors by reflecting price change only for the same or comparable item in the same outlet in an attempt to measure pure price change. Below is a brief explanation of some of the situations where the percent change in the average price may differ from the corresponding index percent change.

Sample rotation

The CPI rotates item and outlet samples on a continual basis with approximately 25% of the sample rotating every year. This sample rotation can cause month to month movements of an average price to differ from the movement of the corresponding index. This is because the index reflects only price change for the same or comparable product in the same outlet and does not compare the price change of old items against items in new outlets or against dissimilar items. For example, say the CPI was pricing premium gasoline in a downtown location at "outlet A" for the last four years and outlet A is now rotating out of the sample. A new outlet, "outlet B", in the same town will also have a price observation for premium gasoline and is rotating into the sample. However, outlet B is in the suburbs and sells gasoline at a lower price point than outlet A. The sample change from the more expensive gasoline in outlet A to the relatively less costly gasoline in outlet B will be reflected in the average price for premium gasoline. The price at Outlet A will be included in the average price until it rotates out of the sample when it is replaced by the price observation at Outlet B. However this difference in prices would not be reflected in the index since the CPI does not calculate price change between items sold in different outlets.

In utilities where there is often only one or two providers in an area, the outlet may remain in the sample but new items (rate schedules) will be rotated into the sample as part of the CPI sample rotation described above. For example, in one city a price quote for 500kwh on an all-electric rate schedule may rotate out of the sample after 4 years and be replaced with a quote for 200kwh on a non-heat rate schedule at a lower price point. The average price will reflect the price from the all-electric rate schedule until it rotates out of the sample and will reflect the lower priced non-heat rate schedule once it rotates in. The index would not compute a price change between the old item rotating out of the sample and the new item rotating into the sample.

Quality changes

Average prices also reflect quality changes due to changing product specifications and consumption patterns. Changes in quality can cause increases or decreases in average prices. For example, say the CPI was pricing non-organic peaches in an outlet but now the outlet is only going to carry organic peaches.  Since the specific item that was being priced, non-organic peaches, is no longer available, the CPI data collector would substitute to the most similar available item, in this case the organic peaches. The organic and non-organic peaches would likely have substantially different prices and are considered different items in the CPI. The index would not calculate price change between the previous non-organic peaches and the new organic peaches due to the quality difference between the items. However, the average price series would reflect this change in price since both non-organic and organic peaches are eligible for use in the Peaches, per lb. (453.6 gm) average price.

Seasonal adjustment

The BLS does not seasonally adjust average prices because price fluctuations in an average price series can reflect normal seasonal price movements caused by weather, harvests, school years, production cycles, holidays, or seasonal sales.

Publication

The BLS has established a minimum number of eligible prices required for each average price and geographic publication level. If the number of eligible prices for a particular average price is below the minimum, the average price will not be published for that geographic level in that month. It is possible for an average price to be published for some geographic areas but not in others or only in some months. This can occur for many reasons. For example, as the CPI sample is rotated, the number of items eligible for any specific average price will change over time which could cause an average price item to fall below the number of prices required for publication for several years or even permanently.

Regional differences also impact publication since not all commodities and services are consumed in every area of the country. Fuel oil, for example, is not commonly used in areas such as the South and West, so there generally are not enough price observations to publish in those areas.

The number of missing prices can also result in an average price not being published.  When an item being priced is not available, an imputed price is calculated for the missing item and used in computing the average price. If the number of imputed prices rises above the publication limit, the average price will not be published. This occurs for some fresh items, particularly fresh produce items, during months of non-peak availability.

Published average prices do not include items with shipping, handling, or delivery charges.

Data

Average food prices are among the oldest data series published by BLS and date back to 1890. Access average price data since 1980 in our online database. Data prior to 1980 is available upon request by contacting the Consumer Price Index Information Office: email or 202-691-7000.

When using historical average price data, it is important to be aware of changes in the methodology over time. Prior to 1978, average prices were estimated each January and then adjusted each month by the price change in the appropriate CPI series. Due to the methodological differences, average price series prior to 1978 and after 1980 are not comparable. Average prices were not published July 1978 through December 1979, while the average price methodology was revised.

Additional information

Information on previous methodologies for average price calculation can be found in the Monthly Labor Review article Average Retail Food Prices: A Brief History of Methods.

Additional information may be obtained from the Consumer Price Index Information Office by email or calling 202-691-7000. Information on the CPI's overall methodology can be found in the BLS Handbook of Methods.

Table 1. Detailed listing of average price data.
Series Title Series ID Description

Energy

Utility (piped) gas per therm

 72620  All piped gas.

Fuel oil #2 per gallon (3.785 liters)

 72511  All fuel oil #2.

Electricity per KWH

72610  All electricity.

Gasoline, all types, per gallon/3.785 liters

7471A All unleaded gasoline, all grades.

Gasoline, unleaded regular, per gallon/3.785 liters

74714 All unleaded regular gasoline.

Gasoline, unleaded midgrade, per gallon/3.785 liters

74715 All unleaded mid-grade gasoline.

Gasoline, unleaded premium, per gallon/3.785 liters

74716 All unleaded premium gasoline.

Automotive diesel fuel, per gallon/3.785 liters

74717 All automotive diesel fuel.

Cereals and bakery products

Flour, white, all purpose, per lb. (453.6 gm)

701111 All white, all-purpose flour regardless of package size. Includes self-rising, non self-rising, organic, non-organic, bleached, and unbleached.

Rice, white, long grain, uncooked, per lb. (453.6 gm)

701312 All white, long-grain, uncooked rice regardless of package type or size. Includes organic and non-organic.

Spaghetti and macaroni, per lb. (453.6 gm)

701322 Include all long thin pasta except fettuccine and linguine. Also includes macaroni and shells. Includes items regardless of packaging type or size, organic, non-organic, fresh, or dried.

Bread, white, pan, per lb. (453.6 gm)

702111 All white pre-packaged regular bread regardless of size. Includes frozen and fresh bread.

Bread, French, per lb. (453.6 gm)

702112 White French bread, regardless of size or packaging. Includes frozen and fresh bread.

Bread, whole wheat, pan, per lb. (453.6 gm)

702212 100% whole wheat pan-baked bread, regardless of size or packaging. Includes fresh and frozen bread.

Cookies, chocolate chip, per lb. (453.6 gm)

702421 Chocolate chip cookies, regardless of packaging size or type. Includes both organic and non-organic, as well as those with raisins, nuts, icing, or other similar features.

Crackers, soda, salted, per lb. (453.6 gm)

702611 Salted saltine crackers packaged in a box, regardless of flavor. Includes organic and non-organic.

Beef and veal

Ground chuck, 100% beef, per lb. (453.6 gm)

703111 100% ground chuck beef, regardless of fat content. Includes organic, non-organic, fresh, and frozen. Excludes pre-formed patties.

Ground beef, 100% beef, per lb. (453.6 gm)

703112 Fresh regular 100% ground beef excluding round, chuck, and sirloin. Includes organic and non-organic. Excludes pre-formed patties.

Ground beef, lean and extra lean, per lb. (453.6 gm)

703113 Any ground beef that is lean or extra lean, regardless of packaging. Includes organic, non-organic, fresh, and frozen.

All uncooked ground beef, per lb. (453.6 gm)

FC1101 All uncooked ground beef regardless of fat content, primal source (chuck, round, sirloin, etc.), or packaging. Includes organic and non-organic.

Chuck roast, USDA Choice, bone-in, per lb. (453.6 gm)

703211 All uncooked, USDA Choice, Bone-in chuck roasts regardless of organic claim or process state (fresh or frozen). Discontinued series last published in 1996.

Chuck roast, graded and ungraded, excluding USDA Prime and Choice, per lb. (453.6 gm)

703212 All uncooked chuck roasts regardless of bone status, organic claim, or process state (fresh or frozen). Excludes USDA Prime and Choice graded.

Chuck roast, USDA Choice, boneless, per lb. (453.6 gm)

703213 Boneless, USDA Choice uncooked chuck roasts, regardless of cut. Includes organic, non-organic, fresh, and frozen.

Round roast, USDA Choice, boneless, per lb. (453.6 gm)

703311 Boneless, USDA Choice uncooked round roasts, regardless of cut. Includes organic, non-organic, fresh, and frozen.

Round roast, graded and ungraded, excluding USDA Prime and Choice, per lb. (453.6 gm)

703312 All uncooked round roasts regardless of bone status, organic claim, or process state (fresh or frozen). Excludes USDA Prime and Choice graded.

Rib roast, USDA Choice, bone-in, per lb. (453.6 gm)

703411 All USDA Choice, bone-in rib roasts, regardless of organic labeling and process state (fresh or frozen). Discontinued series last published in 1997.

All uncooked beef roasts, per lb. (453.6 gm)

FC2101 Uncooked beef roasts other than chuck or round, regardless of cut or grade. Includes bone-in, boneless, organic, non-organic, fresh, and frozen.

Steak, T-bone, USDA Choice, bone-in, per lb. (453.6 gm)

703422 All USDA Choice, bone-in T-bone steak, regardless of organic labeling, packaging size, or process state (fresh or frozen). Discontinued series last published in 2002.

Steak, rib eye, USDA Choice, boneless, per lb. (453.6 gm)

703425 All USDA Choice, boneless rib eye steak, regardless of organic labeling, packaging size, or process state (fresh or frozen). Discontinued series last published in 2001.

Steak, round, USDA Choice, boneless, per lb. (453.6 gm)

703511 Boneless, USDA Choice round steaks, regardless of cut. Includes organic, non-organic, fresh, and frozen.

Steak, round, graded and ungraded, excluding USDA Prime and Choice, per lb. (453.6 gm)

703512 Round steaks excluding USDA Prime and USDA Choice, regardless of cut. Includes bone-in, boneless, organic, non-organic, fresh, and frozen.

Steak, sirloin, USDA Choice, bone-in, per lb. (453.6 gm)

703611 All USDA Choice, bone-in sirloin steak, regardless of organic labeling, packaging size, or process state (fresh or frozen). Discontinued series last published in 1994.

Steak, sirloin, graded and ungraded, excluding USDA Prime and Choice, per lb. (453.6 gm)

703612 Sirloin steaks excluding USDA Prime and USDA Choice, regardless of cut. Includes bone-in, boneless, organic, non-organic, fresh, and frozen.

Steak, sirloin, USDA Choice, boneless, per lb. (453.6 gm)

703613 Boneless, USDA choice sirloin steaks, regardless of cut. Includes organic, non-organic, fresh, and frozen.

Short ribs, any primal source, bone-in, per lb. (453.6 gm)

703431 Rib, plate, or chuck bone-in short ribs, regardless of grade or processing state. Includes organic, non-organic, fresh, and frozen.

Beef for stew, boneless, per lb. (453.6 gm)

703432 Boneless beef for stew, regardless of grade or processing state. Includes organic, non-organic, fresh, and frozen.

All uncooked beefsteaks, per lb. (453.6 gm)

FC3101 Steaks other than round or sirloin, regardless of cut or grade. Includes bone-in, boneless, organic, non-organic, fresh, and frozen.

All uncooked other beef (excluding veal), per lb. (453.6 gm)

FC4101 Uncooked beef that isn't ground, a roast, a steak, or veal, regardless of cut, grade, or processing state. Includes bone-in, boneless, organic, and non-organic.

Pork and other meats

Bacon, sliced, per lb. (453.6 gm)

704111 Pre-packaged, thick sliced, regular sliced or thin sliced pork bacon, regardless of process state.

Chops, center cut, bone-in, per lb. (453.6 gm)

704211 Fresh, frozen, and bone-in center cut chops regardless of type.

Chops, boneless, per lb. (453.6 gm)

704212 Bone-less chops regardless of type, loin source, or processing state.

All pork chops, per lb. (453.6 gm)

FD3101 Bone-in, boneless, and semi-boneless pork chops, regardless of type, loin source, or processing state.

Ham, rump, or shank half, bone-in, smoked, per lb. (453.6 gm)

704311 Rump (butt) halves or shank halves that are bone-in and smoked, regardless of skin status, cure status, or processing status.

Ham, boneless, excluding canned, per lb. (453.6 gm)

704312 Bone-less ham, regardless of cut, skin status, cure status, process status, or smoke status. Excludes canned ham.

All ham (excluding canned ham and luncheon slices), per lb. (453.6 gm)

FD2101 Includes all types of ham regardless of cut, bone status, skin status, cure status, processing status, or smoke status. Excludes canned ham.

Ham, canned, 3 or 5 lbs., per lb. (453.6 gm)

704321 Ham in a pear shaped can weighing either 3 or 5 pounds, regardless of country of origin.

Shoulder picnic, bone-in, smoked, per lb. (453.6 gm)

704413 Bone-in, smoked shoulder picnics, including both fresh and frozen.

All other pork (excluding canned ham and luncheon slices), per lb. (453.6 gm)

FD4101 All other pork, bone-in, boneless, semi-boneless regardless of primal area, type, processing, or process state.

Sausage, fresh, loose, per lb. (453.6 gm)

704421 Loose pork sausage, regardless of flavor, seasoning, or packaging. Includes organic, non-organic, and uncooked. Excludes 'fully cooked' and 'partially cooked.

Frankfurters, includes beef or chicken, per lb. (453.6 gm)

705111 Pre-packaged beef or chicken frankfurters, regardless of casing or kosher status. Includes organic and non-organic. Excludes frankfurters or wieners with 'cheese dogs'.

Bologna, all beef or mixed, per lb. (453.6 gm)

705121 Pre-packaged, all beef or mixed meat bologna, regardless of kosher status.

Lamb and mutton, bone-in, per lb. (453.6 gm)

705142 Bone-in lamb or mutton, regardless of type, cut, primal area, grade, or country of origin. Includes fresh, frozen, and dried.

Poultry, fish, and eggs

Chicken, fresh, whole, per lb. (453.6 gm)

706111 Whole, fresh, boiler/fryer chickens. Includes organic, non-organic as well as other descriptive claims.

Chicken breast, bone-in, per lb. (453.6 gm)

706211 All whole or half bone-in chicken breasts. Includes, organic, non-organic, fresh, and frozen, as well as other descriptive claims.

Chicken breast, boneless, per lb. (453.6 gm)

FF1101 All whole or half boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Includes organic, non-organic, fresh, and frozen, as well as other descriptive claims.

Chicken legs, bone-in, per lb. (453.6 gm)

706212 All bone-in legs and drumsticks. Includes organic, non-organic, fresh, and frozen, as well as other descriptive claims.

Turkey, frozen, whole, per lb. (453.6 gm)

706311 Whole, bone-in, frozen, medium and large turkeys. Includes other features, such as stuffed or unstuffed, or with or without a gravy packet.

Tuna, light, chunk, per lb. (453.6 gm)

707111 Canned, chunk, light tuna in cans. Includes both tuna packed in oil and in water.

Eggs, grade A, large, per doz

708111 Large white, Grade A chicken eggs, sold in a carton of a dozen. Includes organic, non-organic, cage free, free range, and traditional.

Eggs, grade AA, large, per doz

708112 Large white, Grade AA chicken eggs, sold in a carton of a dozen. Includes organic, non-organic, cage free, free range, and traditional.

Dairy products

Milk, fresh, whole, fortified, per ½ gal (1.9 lit)

709111 Fresh whole milk, fortified, sold per half-gallon in carton. Includes organic and non-organic milk.

Milk, fresh, whole, fortified, per gal (3.8 lit)

709112 Fresh whole milk, fortified, sold per gallon regardless of packaging type. Includes organic and non-organic milk.

Milk, fresh, low fat, per ½ gal (1.9 lit)

709212 Fresh, low fat or light milk sold, per half-gallon carton. Includes organic and non-organic milk.

Milk, fresh, low fat, per gal (3.8 lit)

709213 Fresh, low fat or light milk, sold per gallon, regardless of packaging. Includes organic and non-organic milk.

Milk, low-fat, reduced fat, skim, gallon container

FJ1101 Fresh low fat, reduced fat, or skim milk, sold per gallon, regardless of packaging type. Include organic and non-organic milk.

Butter, salted, grade AA, stick, per lb. (453.6 gm)

710111 Regular butter, salted, grade AA, sold in sticks, per pound (16 oz.). Includes organic and non-organic butter.

Butter, in sticks, per pound

FS1101 Regular butter, sold in sticks, per pound (16 oz.). Includes organic and non-organic butter.

American processed cheese, per lb. (453.6 gm)

710211 Processed American cheese sold at the store, regardless of variety. Includes organic and non-organic cheese.

Cheddar cheese, natural, per lb. (453.6 gm)

710212 Natural, cheddar cheese sold at the store, regardless of variety. Includes organic and non-organic cheese.

Ice cream, prepackaged, bulk, regular, per ½ gal (1.9 lit)

710411 Pre-packaged, bulk ice cream, sold in cardboard container regardless of package size, flavor, or dietary features. Includes organic and non-organic ice cream.

Yogurt, natural, fruit flavored, per 8 oz. (226.8 gm)

710122 Natural (no preservatives) fruit yogurt, sold in a plastic container or in a carton of between 1 and 8.999 oz., regardless of dietary features. Includes organic and non-organic natural yogurt.

Yogurt, per 8 ounce

FJ4101 All yogurt sold in a plastic container or in a carton of between 1 and 8.999 oz. Includes organic and non-organic.

Fresh fruits and vegetables

Apples, Red Delicious, per lb. (453.6 gm)

711111 All fresh red delicious apples regardless of packaging. Includes organic and non-organic.

Bananas, per lb. (453.6 gm)

711211 All fresh traditional 1st quality yellow bananas. Includes organic and non-organic.

Oranges, Navel, per lb. (453.6 gm)

711311 Fresh Navel oranges regardless of packaging. Includes organic and non-organic.

Oranges, Valencia, per lb. (453.6 gm)

711312 Fresh Valencia oranges regardless of packaging. Includes organic and non-organic.

Cherries, per lb. (453.6 gm)

711418 All types of fresh cherries, regardless of packaging. Includes organic and non-organic.

Grapefruit, per lb. (453.6 gm)

711411 All fresh grapefruit regardless of packaging. Includes organic and non-organic.

Grapes, Thompson, Seedless, per lb. (453.6 gm)

711417 Fresh green/white seedless grapes, regardless of packaging. Includes organic, and non-organic.

Lemons, per lb. (453.6 gm)

711412 All fresh lemons regardless of packaging or fresh processing. Includes organic and non-organic.

Peaches, per lb. (453.6 gm)

711414 All types of fresh peaches, regardless of packaging. Includes organic and non-organic.

Pears, Anjou, per lb. (453.6 gm)

711413 Fresh Anjou pears, regardless of packaging or fresh processing. Includes organic and non-organic.

Strawberries, dry pint, per 12 oz. (340.2 gm)

711415 All fresh strawberries regardless of packaging or fresh processing. Includes organic and non-organic.

Potatoes, white, per lb. (453.6 gm)

712112 White potatoes, regardless of variety of potato. Includes organic and non-organic.

Lettuce, iceberg, per lb. (453.6 gm)

712211 Iceberg lettuce, regardless of packaging. Includes organic and non organic.

Lettuce, romaine, per lb. (453.6 gm)

FL2101 Romaine lettuce, including hearts, regardless of packaging. Includes organic and non organic.

Tomatoes, field grown, per lb. (453.6 gm)

712311 All fresh field grown and vine ripened round red tomatoes. Includes organic and non-organic.

Broccoli, per lb. (453.6 gm)

712412 All fresh broccoli (organic and non-organic) expect cut broccoli florets.

Cabbage, per lb. (453.6 gm)

712401 All fresh cabbage, regardless of type. Includes organic and non-organic.

Carrots, short trimmed and topped, per lb. (453.6 gm)

712403 Includes all fresh carrots, with or without tops. Includes organic and non-organic. Excludes miniature and cut/peeled carrots.

Celery, per lb. (453.6 gm)

712402 Fresh celery including organic and non-organic. Excludes celery hearts.

Corn on the cob, per lb. (453.6 gm)

712407 Fresh corn on the cob including organic and non-organic. Excludes corn removed from cob.

Cucumbers, per lb. (453.6 gm)

712409 Fresh cucumbers including organic and non-organic. Excludes pickled cucumbers.

Onions, dry yellow, per lb. (453.6 gm)

712404 Includes organic and non-organic yellow and Spanish onions for all packaging and sizes. Excludes diced, green, red, white, and pearl onions.

Peppers, sweet, per lb. (453.6 gm)

712406 Fresh green, red, orange bell peppers includes organic and non-organic.

Processed fruits and vegetables

Applesauce, any variety, all sizes, per lb. (453.6 gm)

713311 Includes all varieties and flavors of applesauce, regardless of packaging. Includes organic and non-organic.

Orange juice, frozen concentrate, 12 oz. can, per 16 oz. (473.2 mL)

713111 Includes 100% orange juice sold in a 12 oz. frozen concentrate can with 1 to 3 concentration, regardless of packaging or the presence of sweeteners. Includes organic and non-organic.

Beans, dried, any type, all sizes, per lb. (453.6 gm)

714233 Includes all dried organic and non-organic beans, regardless of package size.

Corn, canned, any style, all sizes, per lb. (453.6 gm)

714221 All canned corn, regardless of processing or can size. Includes organic and non-organic.

Potatoes, frozen, French fried, per lb. (453.6 gm)

714111 All frozen French fries, regardless of cut, type, or packaging.

Peaches, any variety, all sizes, per lb.

713312 All canned peaches, regardless of processing, packing medium, or packaging type. Includes organic and non-organic.

Other food items

Sugar, white, all sizes, per lb. (453.6 gm)

715211 Loose, granulated white sugar, regardless of type or packaging size. Excludes brown sugar and artificial sweeteners.

Sugar, white, 33–80 oz. pkg, per lb. (453.6 gm)

715212 Loose, granulated white sugar sold in 33-80 oz. packages, regardless of packaging type. Excludes brown sugar and artificial sweeteners.

Margarine, stick, per lb. (453.6 gm)

716114 Margarine made out of 100% vegetable oils, sold in sticks, regardless of weight. Includes organic and non-organic.

Margarine, soft, tubs, per lb. (453.6 gm)

716116 Margarine made out of 100% vegetable oils sold in packaged tubs, regardless of weight. Includes organic and non-organic.

Shortening, vegetable oil blends, per lb. (453.6 gm)

716121 Shortening made from a blend of vegetable oils, regardless of packaging size or type.

Peanut butter, creamy, all sizes, per lb. (453.6 gm)

716141 Creamy peanut butter, regardless of packaging or size. Includes organic and non-organic, as well as homogenized and non homogenized.

Cola, nondiet, cans, 72-oz. 6 pk., per 16 oz. (473.2 mL) {deposit may be included in price.}

717113 Non diet cola sold in 10 or 12 ounce cans in a six pack.

Cola, nondiet, per 2 liters (67.6 oz.) {deposit may be included in price.}

717114 Non diet cola sold in 2 liter containers.

All soft drinks, 2 liter

FN1101 All soft drinks sold in a 2 liter bottle.

All soft drinks, 12 ounce, 12 pack

FN1102 All soft drinks sold in 12 oz. cans in a 12 pack.

Coffee, 100 percent, ground roast, all sizes, per lb. (453.6 gm)

717311 Ground, regular caffeine content coffee sold in a can or plastic container, regardless of size.

Coffee, 100 percent, ground roast, 13.1–20 oz. can, per lb. (453.6 gm)

717312 100% ground coffee only in 13.1 - 20 oz. cans. Discontinued series last published in 1988.

Coffee, instant, plain, regular, all sizes, per lb. (453.6 gm)

717327 Instant, regular caffeine content coffee sold in a jar, regardless of size.

Potato chips, per 16 oz. (453.6 gm)

718311 All potato chips, regardless of style of chips, flavor, packaging type or size.

Alcoholic Beverages

Malt beverages, all types, all sizes, any origin, per 16 oz. (473.2 mL)

720111 All malt beverages including beer, sake, and cider for all sizes, container types, and origins. Excludes beverages sold with large deposits such as kegs and growlers.

Vodka, all types, all sizes, any origin, per 1 liter (33.8 oz.)

720222 All vodka prices for any size or origin.

Wine, red and white table, all sizes, any origin, per 1 liter (33.8 oz.)

720311 All grape based red, white and rose wines for all sizes, packaging types, and origins. Excludes sparkling, dessert, and other fruit wines. Excludes shipping costs on wines sold directly from wineries and distributors.

Last Modified Date: April 24, 2019