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Foodservice equipment and supplies dealers are invited to join colleagues at the first-ever Kitchen Innovations Mixer, which will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 22 during the National Restaurant Association's tradeshow at Chicago's McCormick Place.
The 500 largest U.S. restaurant chains posted a 1.8 percent annual sales increase in 2010, according to data released by Technomic Inc., a Chicago-based foodservice market research firm.
The National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) – a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry – stood at 100.2 in January, down 0.8 percent from its December level. Despite the decline, January marked the fourth time in the last five months that the RPI registered a score of more than 100, which signifies expansion in the index of key industry indicators. In addition, participating foodservice operators appear to be optimistic about the outlook for the industry.