Developments in Marketing Spreads for Food Products in 1979

Denis Dunham & Denis Dunham
Retail food prices in grocery stores were 10.8 percent higher in 1979 than in 1978. The largest Increase was for red meat, up 17 percent, reflecting a 24-percent increase in Choice beef prices. Higher farm values for food commodities, up 11.4 percent, accounted for a third of the increase. The spread between farm and retail prices (representing charges made for processing; and distributing foods after they leave the farm) was 11.9 percent wider and accounted...
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