Sales of this summertime staple have hit rock bottom thanks to “Bidenomics.” And it’s only getting worse.

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From sunscreen to swimming pools, people tend to spend their money on specific items during the summer.

But sales of this summertime staple have hit rock bottom thanks to “Bidenomics.”

And it’s only getting worse.

Fewer Americans are buying grills this summer.

During the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans flocked to their local hardware and home goods retailers to purchase new barbecue grills.

But now, the Biden cost of living crisis is causing fewer consumers to head out to purchase a grill this summer.

For example, popular grill manufacturer Traeger reported sales of $76.8 million last quarter – a massive drop from its $156.1 million in sales during the second quarter of 2021.

Another popular grill manufacturer Weber has also seen a decline in sales since 2020, and Home Depot has reported feeling the market pressure to sell more expensive patio furniture and garden equipment, including grills.

Even smaller local retailers say the demand for grills and backyard cooking gear has decreased. 

Brian Bushfield, general manager at West Coast BBQ Shop in San Diego, said that he saw a slow Memorial Day and a sluggish June, even though this is the time of year that most customers buy new grills.

“It’s trending down,” he said. 

It isn’t that Americans are cooking on grills less, according to stats from the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association.

The organization reported that 80% of US homeowners owned a grill or smoker in 2023, which is up from 645 in 2019.

Nearly 27% of the grill owners surveyed said that they started cooking at home more often during COVID, and that’s why they made the purchase.

Consumables like charcoal briquettes and propane tanks are part of the grill category for retailers like Home Depot.

The company’s Senior Merchant of Grills, Joe Downey, said those items drive a large part of sales, and they’re usually made by customers who bought a new grill during the pandemic and need to buy more fuel.

“More cooks are cooking at home than ever before,” he said, while the Bureau of Labor Statistics found a 0.2% decrease in grocery prices from March to April as the cost of eating out rose during the same period. 

2020 was a stellar year for grills

San Diego Grill Pros owner Jessica Hernandez noted that they saw “astronomical” sales in 2020, calling it their “unicorn year.”

Many retailers and grill makers agree that the pandemic increased demand for grills as people looked for new ways to entertain and cook at home.

But now, finding new buyers for grills is becoming more challenging.

Simeon Siegal, an analyst at BMO Capital Markets who follows Traeger closely, said that people won’t buy another grill “simply because it’s on sale” if they already have one.

Meanwhile, the price of beef and veal has risen the fastest among other food categories in 2024, and experts expect the prices to rise another 4% this year, which may also explain the decrease in demand.

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