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

Already a member? .

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.