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Diners' evolving needs

Operators who respond to consumer tastes will gain an edge

To tap into growth opportunities in 2012, operators need to understand what will influence consumers and drive traffic in the next 12 months.

While gangbuster growth is not in the cards for 2012, restaurant operators who know what consumer trends to tap into still are likely to have a respectable year, according to industry observers.

Customer traffic is expected to grow just 0.07 percent in the next 12 months — an improvement over 2011, but still a modest figu

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