Independent restaurants show signs of recovery despite inflation | NBWA: America's Beer and Beverage Distributors

According to a report from The NPD Group, independent restaurant locations, which represent 53% of the restaurant industry, grew by 1% (or 2,893 units) in 2021. Comparatively, independent restaurant locations saw a 5% decline in 2020. Visits to independents increased by 12% in the year ending March versus the year-ago period, when visits were down by 17%. Independent operators have increased orders of food and supplies from foodservice distributors by 27% year-over-year, about 5% above pre-pandemic levels.