NEW YORK - Packaged goods companies that have already passed on increased fuel and sugar costs now face rising grain prices.
Wheat and corn prices are heading to possibly their highest level in a decade, owing to drought conditions and demand for ethanol. A pound of flour costs 14 cents, up from 11 cents from last year, said Vince Peterson, a vice president at U.S. Wheat Associates, a trade association.
Prices for some Kellogg cereals will increase about 2% in September, in pa