Special Report

21 Ways Restaurants Are Going to Change

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11. Climate change could affect menus and prices

What the report calls “weather volatility” could affect growing patterns for both standard and specialty crops and encourage the popularity of lab-grown and plant-based meats or meat substitutes. Carbon taxes on foods themselves or on their production and distribution processes could make them more expensive.

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12. Restaurants will get greener

More eating places will be conceived and designed to be energy efficient and to minimize waste, and they’ll have smaller physical footprints due to increased delivery and takeout. Packaging for delivery and takeout will become more sophisticated and effective.

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13. People will spend more on restaurant food

Total restaurant industry sales for 2018 amounted to $833 billion. By 2030, that figure is projected to reach $1.2 trillion.

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14. More people will be working in restaurants

Data suggests a job growth rate of 8.5% in the U.S. foodservice between last year and 2030. Texas and Nevada will experience an increase of 17%, while six other states will exceed 12% job growth.

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15. Restaurant workers will be considerably older

By 2028, it is projected that there will be 1.2 million fewer 16-to-24-years-olds in the food service workforce and 6.1 million more adults aged 65 and over.