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. Poor profit margins are taking a toll on dairy producers. The Sept milk-feed ratio was near record low at 1.46; well below the 2.0 level producers say they need to be profitable. Dairy cow slaughter has risen 5.8 percent year-to-date and has accelerated to a rate above 12 percent since summer. The run-up in ...

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