Okay, I'll start... and forgive me if some of these predictions are already happening.
1. People will continue to eat (a winner prediction, I believe)
2. The 23-28ish age consumer will decide they want a "home-cooking" fare
at trendy chain restaurants.
3. Beef products will rise in demand. New beef dishes will be created and the older
stand-by dishes will become the eater's choice, and with that the veggie side-dishes that go
well with beef.
4. If the avian flu transfers to humans in the U.S., be prepared for a massive campaign
about how properly handled and cooked poultry is not a health hazard, (which is true), but
a quarter to a third of consumers will flee from poultry products.
5. If #4 happens, did someone say, SEAFOOD. Seafood demand will rise and so will prices.
Time to start that commercial fish pond in Kansas now.
6. Higher prices at fast food chains, followed by a fall off fast food business, followed by
low-priced specials. Franchise-owners will revolt and demand more of a say in the industry.
Some will go on their own and start road-food restaurants. Price remain up, food quality remains
7. Watch out for sugar, fruits, etc. and oil prices to go nutty if Castro gets sick or dies. We may find
tough times with some of our caribbean and southern hemisphere neighbors, especially Venezuela, as
the Venezualan president is the heir-apparent to Castro politically and will demand that Castro's Cuba
does not become a colony of the U.S., but rather a colony of Venezuela.
8. Look to Africa for new ethnic healthy food, says my daughter, Jennifer. (give her credit if it comes true)
9. People will rediscover the joy of good conversation and eating slower over meals, making romantic meals and
business deals a speciality for some restaurants.
10. Local governments will continue to rely on food taxes to help them with revenues. If you have no food tax
now, expect one. If you have one, expect to see a raise of 1 to 3 cents on the dollar. (no brainer)
And lastly, look to our brethren to the north, Canada, to add some dishes to our tables. Canada is a vast country and
could add some zest to our menus. It's not just maple syrup.