Healthful menu items, local foods and customization will be key sales drivers for restaurant operators in 2012, a forecast released Monday by Chicago-based market research firm Mintel finds. Mintel made predictions on menu and operations trends: • Since consumers are more interested in where food comes from, restaurants will focus on American regionalism. Among geographic claims on restaurant menus, however, “New York-style” showed up the most last year, followed by ...

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