Economic challenges dominate discourse at COEX conference

Economic challenges dominate discourse at COEX conference

PHOENIX —Amid rising utility and commodity costs and dipping consumer spending, restaurateurs and suppliers attending the Chain Operators Exchange 2008 here Feb. 24-27 were looking for opportunities to tighten their belts and ways to lure in customers.

In what was likely taken as an understatement by some operators attending the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association-hosted conference, keynote speaker Bill

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