Restaurant chains are increasingly reluctant to raise menu prices despite projections of a 3-percent increase in commodity prices overall in 2013, according to a new survey by purchasing support firm SpenDifference LLC. Menu prices rose in 2012 at a slightly lower average rate than in 2011, according to the 35 chain restaurant executives across all segments that responded to the Denver-based firm’s surveys. The survey that was conducted in November recorded annualized menu ...

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