Charlie Neibergall, Associated Press
Consumers can expect their grocery bills to rise by 2.5 to 3.5 percent in 2012. But some food costs are rising faster than others.

Buying food at the grocery store is getting more expensive.

The culprit is inflation, according to CBS. Consumers can expect their grocery bills to rise by 2.5 to 3.5 percent in 2012. But some food costs are rising faster than others.

Inflation is hitting meat and fish pretty hard as prices are jumping for these items. Beef and veal prices are being hit especially hard, according to the article.

"The inventory of cattle and hogs in the U.S. was reduced quite a bit, and now we have strong and growing demand for these foods, and that's a recipe for high prices. And there's no end in sight," Ricky Volpe, of the USDA, told CBS.

While the cost of meat and fish may be sharply rising, the cost of vegetables, eggs, dairy and fresh fruits are expected to have smaller increases this year, according to the article. Vegetables are actually cheaper now than they were in 2011.

"Vegetables across the board are down. Lettuce is down about 21 percent. Tomatoes are down about 29 percent," Volpe told CBS.

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