The owner of a grocery store on Newfoundland's Bonavista Peninsula says rising food prices may force her to hire fewer people.

"Well, if costs keep coming up, I'm going to have to put prices up, and if I can't make ends meet, there will be layoffs," said Elizabeth Lane, of Port Union, who said the cost of stocking her shelves has risen dramatically over the past three months.

"Right across the board everything is probably 10 or 15 cents on everything, 10 to 15 cents at least."

Lane said she believes the increases are directly related to rising fuel prices that delivery companies are facing.

A recent Statistics Canada report said Canadian food prices are up compared to 2010, especially for items such as cooking oil, bread, meat and fresh produce.

In February, Tim Hortons announced price hikes due to a higher cost for coffee beans, wheat and cooking oil.

In early April, David Wilkes of the Retail Council of Canada told CBC News the increase in food prices was being caused by rising demand from emerging economies and the use of some food crops for fuel. Wilkes said consumers would continue to pay more.

"Commodities like wheat — so that would be bread, for example — corn and barley. There's a wide range of products. Cereals is another example," he said.

Wilkes said the competitive nature of the grocery industry will shield Canadians from some increases, but it won't totally protect consumers.