After three years of stagnant growth, franchised restaurants show signs for recovery in 2012. According to the International Franchise Association (IFA), quick-service restaurant sales are expected to increase 4.4 percent.
Although growth is anticipated, restaurants are still feeling the pinch. The commodity outlook for 2012 is estimated to rise in the low-to-mid single digits following last year's price increases.
According to the National Restaurant Association, wholesale food inflation ran at 7.8 percent in 2011.