6 Grocery Staples That Will Cost You More This Summer

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By Jennifer Liu

Planning to fire up the grill this summer? Brace yourself for costlier grocery runs.

According to recent research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the price of many meats -- along with other key food staples -- are set to skyrocket this season.

To start, retail beef prices are already at record highs and are expected to jump close to 7 percent -- even after adjusting for inflation. The same goes for white meat, with poultry prices seeing an uptick of at least 3 percent this year.

Those looking to load up on fresh fruits and veggies this season should be prepared to shell out a bit more, too. That's due, in part, to the ongoing drought in California. Some of the produce that will see the biggest price increases: Grapefruit, which rose 10 percent already, strawberries, up 11 percent, and broccoli, ballooning 7 percent.

Egg prices have also started to surge. That's thanks to the recent bird flu outbreak -- credited as the worst in history -- and will mean a summer of high prices and emptier shelves.

Here's the good news, though. Minus these basics, the USDA predicts food price inflation overall to stay pretty average this year.

And for those grill masters looking for a more budget-friendly summer barbecue option, you're in luck. Pork fell close to 4 percent in price in the past year -- and is expected to only continue to drop.
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