Restaurant operators are braced for dry, stiff headwinds in commodity costs as America’s food-producing regions continue to face the most persistent drought in a half century. Operators from Krispy Kreme to high-end steakhouses are raising flags about the drought’s effect on wheat, corn, soybeans, and other produce, as well as pastureland, beef and poultry, and the effect it will have on the market basket. And little weather relief is in sight. The U.S. Department of ...

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