USDA Agriculture Marketing Service

The price of chicken products on grocery store shelves continues to rise, even as major producers close plants across the country.

The cost-per-pound of a whole chicken has increased by roughly 34% from August 2021 to August 2023, according to data from the U.S. Department of Labor. This translates to an additional 50 cents per pound.

The rising cost of chicken is not limited to whole products, as bone-in legs and boneless chicken breasts are seeing similar increases in average price per pound. This price increase comes after a sharp decline seen at the end of last year. 

U.S. consumers are eating more and more chicken, and the bird has surpassed beef as the country’s most consumed protein, according to the USDA. In the U.S., Tyson Foods is the largest processor of chicken products and controls 25% of the market. 

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John McCracken covers the industrial agriculture meat industry for Investigate Midwest. He has experience reporting at the intersection of agriculture, environmental pollution and climate change. He...