Five years may not be enough time to move mountains, but it’s long enough for seismic shifts to occur in consumer tastes and dining-out habits, according to new data from The NPD Group. In the past five years, gourmet coffee and tea purveyors have supplanted “other sandwich” chains, such as Arby’s, Chick-fil-A and Subway, as first in a list of the top 10 restaurant categories ranked by incremental traffic changes. Breaded chicken sandwiches have replaced large burgers as the ...
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