Restaurants dealing with less-thirsty guests

Restaurants dealing with less-thirsty guests

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Although consumers order a beverage 70 percent of the time when visiting restaurants and other foodservice outlets, beverage orders have declined 4 percent or 2 billion servings over a five-year period, according to market researchers at The NPD Group. Evolving tastes and cost consciousness are behind declines, the firm says.

There are more growing beverages at restaurants in the last five years than declining, but the declining beverages, like carbonated soft drinks, represent

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