From quick-serve McDonald’s to high-end Ruth’s Chris Steak House, first-quarter earnings were dominated by discussions of two items — commodity costs and menu pricing. 
 Chains large and small are evaluating the pricing power they hold with customers and are looking at other ways to mitigate rising costs of food. Bread and pasta, beef and produce — nearly all commodity costs are rising, forcing operators to assess their supply and demand expectations. 
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