Putting a number on expectations for sales, food trends and the labor outlook, the National Restaurant Association is set to unveil its 2011 trends forecast.


The Washington, D.C.-based group has a web seminar on the forecast Feb. 1, featuring discussion of the NRA’s 2011 Restaurant Industry Forecast by Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of the association’s Research and Knowledge Group.

In last year’s trends report, the NRA said 73% of adults surveyed indicated they tried to eat healthier at restaurants than they did in 2008.

The 2010 forecast noted that 56% of adults surveyed said they were more likely to visit a restaurant that offers food grown or raised in an organic or environmentally friendly way.

In 2010, the restaurant industry in the U.S. accounted for $1.6 billion sales on a typical day, according to the NRA.

Registration for the seminar is free.