There are many factors leading diners today to keep a tighter grip on their wallets, according to Technomic’s restaurant trends guru Kevin Higar. Employment trends are continuing to slow; food and gas prices are putting pressure on discretionary household spending and the housing market is horrible. “Consumer confidence is low,” Higar said, predicting that the first half of 2009 will be over before we see improvement in the economic situation. Higar offered ideas for foodservice ...

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