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NRN predicts 2016 consumer trends

In a special series, NRN editors predict the trends that will emerge in the coming year in all areas of the restaurant industry. Here, executive editor Jenna Telesca predicts what's next for consumers in 2016.

The consumer can be unpredictable, but here is what I expect to see next year:

Diners will greet new “free-from” moves with a yawn

Next year, restaurants will expand initiatives to source more meat raised without antibiotics, as well as cage-free eggs. These restaurants will receive a lukewarm reaction from consumers.

Yes, customers care deeply about these types of ingredients, but don’t expect too hearty a pat on the back f

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