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Food prices expected to fall back some
A nearly 50% increase in vegetable prices should ease in coming weeks as farmers send grocers more tomatoes, lettuce and other crops. Vegetable prices shot up last month after cold weather destroyed much of the winter vegetable supply, the Commerce Department said. Costs should come down as crops farmers planted after the winter freezes start to reach stores. Grocers also typically switch this time of year to crops planted for spring, said Jody Shee of market research firm Mintel.