In the coming months, food prices are expected to increase at both restaurants and grocery stores.

According to a recently released food price outlook from the United States Department of Agriculture, the consumer price index for all food is projected to climb 3.5 to 4.5 percent.

Grocery store prices are forecast to increase 4 to 5 percent, while restaurant prices are predicted to rise 3 to 4 percent.

“Although food price inflation was relatively weak for most of 2009 and 2010, cost pressures on wholesale and retail food prices due to higher food commodity and energy prices, along with strengthening global food demand, have pushed inflation projections upward for 2011,” according to the USDA’s website.