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The 500 largest U.S. restaurant chains registered a 4.9 percent annual sales increase in 2012, a marked improvement over the 3.5 percent gain in 2011, according to data released by Technomic, a Chicago-based market research firm. U.S. system-wide sales for the Top 500 chains grew to an estimated $254 billion in 2012, up more than $12 billion over 2011.
Health and wellness are a top priority among college foodservice directors and students, according to a survey of more than 60 college and university foodservice directors, dieticians and chefs and 200 college students across the nation conducted by Y-Pulse, a Chicago-based youth and food market research firm.
The number of branded chain concepts located in nontraditional venues continues to grow. With this growth comes increased awareness and understanding of the particular design and layout challenges that arise from operating in a fraction of the brand's usual space.
San Diego, Calif.-based Hash House A Go Go, a 12-year-old concept, has spread its wings across the United States with four locations in Las Vegas as well as new stores in Reno, Chicago and most recently in Montville, Conn.