Prepared Food Departments Heating Up

Prepared food departments have weathered the recession well, but aggressive deals by restaurants may signal a new era of competition

In 2010, the average American purchased 195 restaurant meals, including takeout and on-premise eating. It was the lowest number of per-capita restaurant visits in at least a decade, according to Harry Balzer, chief industry analyst and vice president of The NPD Group.

“The restaurant industry is having a very difficult time,” he said. “In fact, we're still looking for the bottom in the number of meals being bought.”

The restaurant industry

Register to view the full article

Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.