Second 100 chains hit hard

Lingering downturn hampers domestic sales, growth rates of midsize foodservice operators

If the collective sales momentum of America’s largest foodservice chains essentially stalled in their latest completed fiscal years — as chronicled in June’s Top 100 report by Nation’s Restaurant News — it should come as no surprise that their smaller rivals fared worse.

The Second 100 census data for 2010 show that, in aggregate, the chains ranked Nos. 101 through 200 based on U.S. systemwide foodservice sales in their latest fiscal years took a 3.

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