Food industry study shows greater use of online buying

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New York--The Thomas Food Industry Register, a database of restaurant suppliers and products, has released FoodTRENDS2000, a study on the migration of the industry to Internet trading. The report is significant because it includes comparative data from the year previous, and rates as one of the few vertical industry reports to include benchmarking data. In the study, restaurant operators rank as the most enthusiastic online buyers in the food-service industry, racking up 33% of their purchases over the Internet and doubling their volume from the previous year. The study also shows big increases in the number of food-service buyers using the Internet to find hard-to-locate supplies, as 82% of buyers said that's the No. 1 benefit from the Web. The full study can be accessed at
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