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. With a large Brazilian crop in the ground this year, coffee futures — which started the year at $2.29 — averaged just $1.57 for the month of June. Then, heavy rain in July knocked berries off trees, threatened quality, and drove prices back to $1.89. But dryer weather in August has been ideal for ...

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