Latin Flare, Daring Pairings and Functional Flavors Plate Up for 2007 Pomegranate was not the only thing that hit restaurant menus last year. Mintel Menu Insights, a resource that tracks national restaurant trends, has identified five key flavor movements that are positioned to take the restaurant industry in new directions in 2007. Mintel highlights the flavor footsteps some key ingredients are taking to make their indelible mark on the restaurant industry. “There are many other flavor elements that are moving us beyond the magic of chipotle and pomegranate,”said Maria Caranfa, director of Mintel Menu Insights. “We’re seeing more daring flavor experiences based on the infinite ingredient offerings that currently exist. Restaurants are looking to identify the next big thing, and they are serving up bolder options as they move along their path to discovery. “

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