DECLINE IN HOME-MEAL PREPARATION IS GRADUAL, SURVEY FINDS

WASHINGTON -- While many food-service and supermarket consultants have insisted that home-meal preparation is in drastic decline, a recent study by the National Restaurant Association here indicates that dining habits may have been changing more slowly."Since 1981, there has been a modest, gradual decrease in the number of privately prepared meals per week," the association's report concluded.The

WASHINGTON -- While many food-service and supermarket consultants have insisted that home-meal preparation is in drastic decline, a recent study by the National Restaurant Association here indicates that dining habits may have been changing more slowly.

"Since 1981, there has been a modest, gradual decrease in the number of privately prepared meals per week," the association's report concluded.

The average American consumer ate commercially prepared meals an average of 4.1 tim

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