While the National Restaurant Association projects in its 2012 Restaurant Industry Forecast that the U.S. foodservice industry will generate an overall sales increase of 3.5 percent, or $631.8 billion, this year, the trade group noted that growth can vary widely from region to region. For example, of the nine U.S. Census regions, the West South Central area — Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas — is projected to post nominal restaurant sales gains of 3.9 percent in 2012, the ...

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