Coping With the "Incredible Shrinking Daypart"

Lunch, the mainstay meal for virtually every noncommercial operator, has increasingly come under the gun in the downsized, time-pressed and increasingly multi-tasked American workplace in recent years, and the implications are not pretty.

Consider the lunch participation numbers in the most recent SFM (Society for Foodservice Management) benchmarking survey. Since 2001, lunch participation rates cited by SFM participants have declined from 46 percent to 39.4 percent.

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