Food news: Tuesday, Jan. 6

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According to the National Restaurant Association’s 2009 Restaurant Industry Forecast, American consumers seek restaurants that have value, convenience, and healthier menu options. The report purports that the No. 1 trend in 2009 is locally sourced items. Another popular trend is green initiatives -- conserving both energy and water. “Despite the economic downturn, the restaurant industry will remain a cornerstone of the U.S. economy (We hope.), representing 4 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product and employing 9 percent of the U.S. workforce.”

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