United States Department of Agriculture economist Annemarie Kuhns says that trend will continue in 2015. She is predicting a 4 1/2% to 5 1/2% increase for both beef and pork in the year ahead.
Kuhns says beef prices now are 18% higher than one year ago and nearly 50% higher than five years ago.
Kuhns says prices for poultry, dairy, fruits and vegetables should increase about 3% in 2015. Prices for bread and other baked goods, sugar and eggs are predicted to increase slightly.