Coming off nearly a decade of robust expansion, about a thousand restaurateurs and their suppliers converged on New Orleans in September of 1989 to plan for the final decade of the millennium.The Reagan-era boom was slowing and the foodservice industry, then predicting $234 billion in sales for the year, was declared over-saturated. Estimates for sales in 2009, by the way, are near $550 billion. Nonetheless, boom-economy topics were on the agenda at the Multi-Unit Foodservice Operators ...

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