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CA drought to yield higher food prices

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A grocery buyer predicts that in the next two to three months, prices will go up 15 to 20 percent. (Source: CNN) A grocery buyer predicts that in the next two to three months, prices will go up 15 to 20 percent. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - People may have to pay more for meals, thanks in large part to California's drought.

From vegetables to meat, they're all going up in price.

A buyer for Jensen's Grocery Store predicts that in the next two to three months, prices will go up 15 to 20 percent. He says restaurant diners will be paying more, too.

"Naturally, as the food costs go up, I believe the restaurants are going to have to raise their prices as well,” Jim Madala said. “If they're paying more for fresh produce and fresh meat, I believe they're going to have to pass that cost on to the consumer."

That buyer predicts products that will be most impacted include lettuce, broccoli, avocados, berries and beef.

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