What to expect in 2019: More AI technology, marijuana and ‘motherless meat’


Rising labor costs and emerging technologies will prove to be both a challenge and an opportunity for restaurants in 2019, according to the first in what will likely be a wave of predictions for next year.

Food and restaurant consulting firm Baum + Whiteman on Tuesday released its trend predictions for the restaurant industry in 2019, including industry-wide issues like minimum-wage debates and AI technology replacing employees, to cuisines and flavors that are forecasted to heat up next year.

These are the 12 biggest industry trends that Baum + Whiteman see on the horizon for the restaurant world.

Correction: October 26, 2018
An earlier version of this story mischaracterized Just Inc.’s planned test of a chicken product next year. The company has not revealed the restaurant or location where it will be tested.

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