After a year of profit-friendly reductions in commodity pricing for nearly everything but chicken wings, the cost of which has risen on high demand, many restaurateurs are bracing for a tougher purchasing environment in 2010, where little wiggle room will be available for even slight commodity inflation. Though most restaurant chains project that their 2010 commodity costs are likely to either remain flat or increase slightly from 2009 levels, there is not as much leeway to react to ...

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