WASHINGTON -- While many food-service and supermarket consultants have insisted that home-meal preparation is in drastic decline, a recent study by the National Restaurant Association here indicates that dining habits may have been changing more slowly. "Since 1981, there has been a modest, gradual decrease in the number of privately prepared meals per week," the association's report concluded. The average American consumer ate commercially prepared meals an average of 4.1 times per week ...

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