Driven by factors ranging from worldwide droughts to burgeoning demand for corn-based ethanol, food prices rose steadily last year. And there are several indications — most notably the federal mandates to continue increasing ethanol production for the next several years — that prices will be headed even higher in 2008. Smart promotions, however, can still make shoppers feel like they're getting a great value at their local supermarket. “[Considering] how much more people are paying for ...

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