Seven emerging trends could help shape restaurant strategies in 2012, according to the foodservice research firm Technomic. Amid an uncertain economy, restaurants are challenged on many levels, and these trends have the common theme of staying relevant to one’s customer, said Mary Chapman, director of product innovation for the Chicago-based consultancy. Technomic sees these seven developing trends on the horizon: Twists on the familiar: While customers are uneasy about taking risks in ...

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