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16 food, drink, operations and tech predictions for restaurants in 2020

NRN editors weigh in on what restaurants can expect in the year ahead from menu development to delivery to sustainability.

It’s that time of year again, when people take on the task of divining the forces that will shape our world next year. The exact trends we’ll see in 2020 are impossible to say with total certainty, but the past leaves clues. In this report, NRN editors apply their deep knowledge of the industry to identify what we will eat, drink, buy and make in the year ahead.

Expect the juggernauts of the last few years — plant-based eating, sustainability, delivery and robotics — to reach new heights. Menus will focus on the basics, but done better. Benefits will get creative to keep younger employees happy. And “value-added” drinks will aim not only to quench thirst, but also to improve health.

So grab a cup of moon milk, and read on. Here’s what to expect in 2020.

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