CHICAGO The recession is stalling starter sales, and forcing operators to rev up both the creativity and value perception of their appetizers, according to Technomic Inc. In the past two years the number of consumers purchasing appetizers, salads and soups has dropped considerably, the Chicago-based consulting firm said Thursday with the release of its “Left Side of the Menu” series. The series includes three reports looking at trends in appetizers, soups and salads.“To justify ...

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