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The restaurant industry was one of the first to come back from the recession, and for 2012, the National Restaurant Association's Forecast predicts a record year of $632 billion in total industry sales.
The NRA's report shows that consumers are still paying to dine out, in part because of the industry's embrace of innovative technology.
There are several technology trends impacting the restaurant industry more than others, with one-quarter of chefs ranking Smartphone apps as the hottest and most important for restaurants to adapt.
A few other trends chefs are talking about include:
The NRA's forecast also explored consumer opinions, showing that:
The top technology trends will be on display at the 2012 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, May 5-8 in Chicago.
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