Buyers – particularly those in food and manufacturing sectors - have struggled for the past year with volatile input prices.
The price of oil has continued to rise and the cost of grain has increased as a result of stronger demand and erratic weather which has damaged crops.
However, in our latest cover feature, Over a barrel, analysts predict that while costs may continue to escalate the unpredictability of price changes at least could be over.
Do these forecasts ring true for you? Or do your plans for 2008 aim to mitigate against further instability in commodity costs?