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Mintel: Customization, healthful foods top 2012 restaurant trends

Healthful menu items, local foods and customization will be key sales drivers for restaurant operators in 2012, a forecast released Monday by Chicago-based market research firm Mintel finds.

Mintel made predictions on menu and operations trends:

• Since consumers are more interested in where food comes from, restaurants will focus on American regionalism.

Among geographic claims on restaurant menus, however, “New York-style” showed up the m

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