THE COFFEE COMPLICATION

Every now and then a situation comes along that puts the supermarket industry into a tight spot, even though the industry had nothing to do with its making.Such a situation is forming in the shape of the flurry of coffee-price run-ups partially occasioned by the frosts in Brazil, which are expected to reduce the harvest. Since coffee is a fungible commodity that's in perpetual worldwide commerce,

Every now and then a situation comes along that puts the supermarket industry into a tight spot, even though the industry had nothing to do with its making.

Such a situation is forming in the shape of the flurry of coffee-price run-ups partially occasioned by the frosts in Brazil, which are expected to reduce the harvest. Since coffee is a fungible commodity that's in perpetual worldwide commerce, it requires little more than a hint that scarcity might be in the offing to drive up pri

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