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Seven Key Restaurant Trends To Watch In 2012

November 8, 2011: 06:48 PM EST
Food industry consultant Technomic says restaurants will be affected by seven key trends during 2012. At the top of the list is a consumer preference for familiar comfort foods and formats that offer novel flavors. Also, diners are demanding rustic fare using simple preparations and fresh ingredients. This trend will push restaurant operators to curtail purchases of value-added items in favor of cheaper cuts, beans, grains and produce that can be transformed into home-style food. Other trends include: growing use of seasonal and local-sourced foods, greater use of social networking to share restaurant experiences and opinions, increased demand for product and menu nutrition information, etc.
"Technomic names seven leading U.S. restaurant trends for 2012", Press Release, Technomic, November 08, 2011, © Technomic
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