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Rising Cost of Your Summer Cookout

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Ah, the temperature is high and the living is easy. Nothing like having a few friends over, grilling some meat and mingling over a few cold beers or glasses of wine. What's not to like?

How about rising prices: Be prepared to shell out more than you did last year for those burgers, ribs, chicken and seafood. The same goes for other summer fare -- watermelons and potato salad, for example.

The good news? Cheaper guacamole. Wine, too, will cost less than last summer. But beer prices? A tad higher.

Here's what you can expect to pay and why. And don't blame us if you get hungry.

Sources: USDA, DOL, Calif. Ext. Service, Md. Dept. of Agriculture, National Watermelon Promotion Bd., Wash. State Fruit Comm., Mich. Farm Bureau Fed., Kraft, Nat'l. Confectioners Assn., World Cocoa Fdn., Allied Grape Growers, SymphonyIRI Group (hot dogs)

Rising Cost of Your Summer Cookout
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