Smoother sailing for perishables prices in year ahead

Smoother sailing for perishables prices in year ahead

Outlook for fresh departments calls for low overall inflation and ample supplies

Ample supplies of feed and livestock indicate that the recent volatility in some protein prices could smooth out in the months ahead.

The USDA is forecasting either deflation or minimal inflation in most fresh products other than eggs, which could remain in short supply for the next year or more as the industry attempts to recover from the late-2014/early-2015 avian influenza outbreak.

Beef and pork herds — thinned in recent years by high feed prices and disease, respe

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