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. Corn drives many commodity prices, and corn will continue to be driven by weather, China and ethanol. Planting of this year’s U.S. corn crop — delayed by rain in the Midwest and snow in the northern Plains — is only 4-percent completed versus 26 percent last year and 16 percent for the five-year ...

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