In this weekly Commodities Watch column, John T. Barone, president and commodities analyst for Market Vision Inc., offers a snapshot of the state of commodities for restaurants. In last week’s Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Report, the USDA gave a bearish outlook for near-term beef prices, citing flagging retail demand in the face of high prices and a weak economy. The USDA also said that lingering drought conditions have supported a high level of heifer slaughter, which may add to ...

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