CHARLESTON. S.C. — After a three-year slump, chicken consumption is on the rise in U.S. restaurants and homes, according to Bernard Leonard, chairman of the National Chicken Council. “As the economy continues to recover, total sales this year at restaurants are expected to increase 3% to 4% [unadjusted for inflation] and flat to 1% if you take inflation into consideration,” Leonard said at a U.S. Poultry & Egg Association and NCC-sponsored food seminar. “Chicken will share in that ...

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