Industry Insights: Spring 2012

Source: US Foods
Type: White Paper
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In the first quarter of 2012, the economy showed signs of recovery, which translated into improving consumer attitudes and optimistic industry forecasts.

However, increasing gas and food prices cast a shadow over the positive news. Pent-up consumer demand exists for restaurant meals, but if fuel prices rise further, people may be reluctant to eat out. Operators also expect challenges sustaining their margins as commodity prices increase.