Food prices rise sharply – and there’s more to come

Friday, December 17, 2010
By Paul Martin

Stacy Finz, Chronicle Staff Writer
SFGate.com
Thursday, December 16, 2010

For the first time since 2008, inflation is hitting consumers in the stomach.

Grocery prices grew by more than 1 1/2 times the overall rate of inflation this year, outpaced only by costs of transportation and medical care, according to numbers released Wednesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Economists predict that this is only the beginning. Fueled by the higher costs of wheat, sugar, corn, soybeans and energy, shoppers could see as much as a 4 percent increase at the supermarket checkout next year.

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