Technomic: Don’t call it a recovery, yet

Outlook not as bright as expected, but opportunities for growth, differentiation exist

Both restaurants and the consumers they serve have yet to feel the economic recovery many had expected, according to data and analysis from the research firm Technomic Inc., which presented new research Wednesday at its 2011 Trends & Directions conference in Chicago.

Holding restaurants back is increased costs, while consumers are faced with negative economic indicators from housing to unemployment figures and gas prices. According to Technomic surveys this spring, fewer consumers

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