More than half of restaurant sales growth over the past year came not during breakfast, lunch or dinner, but in the middle of the afternoon, according to NPD Foodworld.Michele Schmal, vice president of that consumer research company’s CREST Product Management arm, last fall told attendees of the Nation’s Restaurant News Culinary R&D Conference that 60 percent of growth came from the afternoon snack period.With sales flat at lunch and dinner, restaurants are finding ways to get customers in ...

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