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Food prices up

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MADISON (WSAU)  Wisconsin food prices rose by two-percent last year.

The state’s Farm Bureau Federation says the market has become stable, after a couple of volatile years when the cost of transporting your food fluctuated. Spokesman Casey Langan says energy prices have become a lot steadier – and as a result, the prices of 16 basic food items in 30 Wisconsin cities totaled $49.34 at the end of December. That’s 97-cents more than a year ago – but it’s $1.20 less than last year’s national average.

Also, food prices dropped by a half-percent from October-through-December in Wisconsin. White bread and whole milk had price increases of 7-percent or more in the final quarter of the year. Flour, bacon, and Russet potatoes all went down by 7-percent or more.

Langan says you might see higher grocery prices in the New Year as the result of tighter supplies of meat and dairy products.

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