Regional, House-Made Top 2012 Buzzwords

Regional, House-Made Top 2012 Buzzwords

After crunching the numbers from its Menu Insights database, research firm Mintel has identified five trends shaping the restaurant landscape for 2012. The database tracks flavor, ingredient, marketing and nutritional claims from the 350 largest U.S. chain restaurants and 150 independent restaurants.

Here’s what Mintel predicts for the coming year:

1. American regionalism

Consumers are not only more aware of global cuisine, they are also more aware and interested in the regional specialties that define American cuisine. Whe

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