As the economy continues to wither and commodity costs remain sky high, operators looking to cut costs and avoid menu price hikes are seeking strength in numbers as it applies to purchasing.Across the country purchasing groups that harness the buying clout of smaller and midsize companies as well as independents are gaining favor as they help take some of the sting out of purchasing through buying efficiencies and reduced freight costs.At Rock Bottom Restaurants in Louisville, Colo., the ...

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