News: According to The NPD Group, the foodservice industry will not start to recover until the second half of 2010 when diner visits will stop decreasing.
What it means: Dollar menus, two-for-ones, complete meal deals, couponing and special promotions will continue strong growth for the next 12 months. Many eateries teetering on the brink in 2009 will not survive to the end of 2010.
For in-depth trend information: Eat In, Eat Out: a business white paper on food, dining and beverage industry trends for 2010 and beyond. http://www.americanforecaster.com.