As rising commodity costs continue to pose challenges to restaurant operators, securities analyst Chris O’Cull at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey took a segment-by-segment look at expected inflation rates. Italian-focused brands, as well as Mexican eateries and casual-dining operations are expected to have more exposure to increased commodity costs this year, according to his research. Only wing-focused brands, where the majority of food cost is associated with the price-friendly ...

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