National Restaurant Association predicts top industry trends for 2020


The National Restaurant Association has revealed its top food trends for 2020 in its annual ‘What’s Hot Culinary Forecast’.

More than 600 American Culinary Federation chefs rated 133 food trends in 12 categories for the 2020 report.

The results suggest that restaurants should adopt alternative products like plant-based proteins, classic cocktails with a modern twist, specialty burger blends such as mushroom-beef burgers, and unusual cuts of beef and pork.

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The report also considered off-premises trends for the first time thanks to the rise in popularity of food delivery. Unsurprisingly, eco-friendly packaging was overwhelmingly voted top in this category.

Healthy options were also popular, healthy bowls and healthy kid’s meals scoring highly.

Meanwhile, 2019 top trend CBD-infused foods dropped out of the top ten.

Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of research for the Nationals Restaurants Association, said: “These trends reflect Americans’ desires to combine the tried and true with the new and different. This mix of comfort and edginess is a microcosm of the world we live in. 

“Consumers want something different, but want to keep what satisfies them at the same time, and more than 1 million restaurants around the country are ready to meet those wants and needs.”

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