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10 Up-and-Coming Restaurant Trends in 2012

January 3, 2012

With 2012 coming right around the corner, let’s take a moment to reflect on some of the possible restaurant trends in 2012. Whether you are a small food cart or a large chain restaurant, keeping up with restaurant trends is a sensible business strategy. Here are 10 of the food trends that RMG considers avant-garde and economical.

  1. 1.      Menu-labeling laws

Expect all current administration for food labeling and food safety to go into full effect. By 2012, all chain restaurants with over 20 locations will be required to provide nutritional information on their menu.

  1. 2.      Anything artisan

Expect to see this word everywhere in 2012. As chain restaurants start to feature artisan foods, expect to see the term used and abused.

  1. 3.      Authentic foods hit mainstream bill of fare

More Asian and Indian foods will be featured on fast casual menus. Fusion foods will become commonplace. Korean and Peruvian foods will receive widespread attention as more restaurants pop up in major metropolitan areas.

  1. 4.      Specialty alcohol drinks

Even with alcohol sales going down, expect specialty cocktails to be highlighted more.

  1. 5.      Gradual and slight increases in menu prices on a regular basis

The price of commodities will increase. Food suppliers will continue to increase their prices as gas prices rise. Prices will get passed on to the end consumer in a gradual uprise.

  1. 6.      A decline in comfort food popularity

In 2007, the economic recession prompted massive popularity in comfort foods. Expect to see the demand for a new twist on these old favorites.

  1. 7.      More beer gardens

Many restaurants will start to use their backyard space and offer more low-cost specialty beers and microbrews.

  1. 8.      Vertical plates go horizontal again

The tower of stacked food that has been popular since the early ‘90s will go horizontal. Instead of layers of food overlapping each other, expect to see long caterpillars of foods that preserve the distinct flavor of every element on your plate.

  1. 9.      Sustainable foods gain traction, but may lose some credibility

Sustainable foods are starting to become a deciding factor for many consumers, but through various marketing trends terms like “sustainable”, “organic”, and “green” will become a little fuzzy.

  1. 10.   Social networking becomes a necessity

This is the new form of word of mouth. It’s not so much an option as a necessity at this point.