Chef survey says: Local produce hot in 2013

12/06/2012 08:29:00 AM
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Since late 2011 the monthly index has been above 100. For October, however, it dipped almost a full point to 99.5. Riehle said it is not unusual for the index to drop during politically charged times, such as before a presidential election.

“The magnitude of the decline was surprising, though, because of how the index has improved in the last year and a half,” Riehle said.

“Consumers always get a bit anxious in a highly-charged political climate and the barrage of negative campaign ads probably had an impact.”

Despite their lack of economic optimism, the restaurant operators reported positive same-store sales for the 17th consecutive month. Also incongruous with their outlook, half of restaurant operators are planning capital expenditures in the next six months, up from 44% in September.


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