CHICAGO — Smoothie sales continue to hit new heights, while salad sales stay healthy with an injection of creativity, Mintel researchers here have found. Smoothie sales are expected to increase 68% from 2007 to 2012, and salads remain a standard on restaurant menus as some morph into interesting combos. Granted, it was from a small base, but from 2002 to 2007, smoothie sales in the United States rose an impressive 139%. That's good news for retailers looking to invest in a smoothie bar, ...

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