Industry in sync with new USDA guidelines

Consumer demand and growing trends already influencing operators

While the restaurant industry continues to face criticism for its perceived role in the obesity epidemic, industry officials say restaurateurs already are in line with the most recent dietary guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture earlier this week.

Operators say they are addressing concerns raised in the latest guidelines by offering lower calorie options, more produce and whole grains, and menu selections containing less sodium.

The National Restaurant Associa

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