MORE GAINS: Meat prices are expected to rise faster than overall food costs in 2012. Prices rose in the spring and may increase an additional 1 percent to 3 percent this summer.
HERE'S THE BEEF: Supermarket meat prices have increased because producers cut back on the number of cattle, hogs and chickens they raised last year after weather issues drove up costs.
WHAT TO DO: Shoppers are looking for ways to save. They are buying less beef and pork and more chicken. They're stocking up during sales and trying out recipes that use less meat or no meat.