It’s been a while since The Morning Cup held a ‘trends’ event for its readers, but it seems to me this is the right time to bring many of you together for an ‘inside’ look at what’s ahead in product development and innovation for the food and beverage industry. We have a tentative date set of Friday, October 19, 2012, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. We’re right now working on speakers and sponsors for the symposium, entitled “The Prognosticators 2012: What’s in Store for Food Industry Products, Flavors and Innovation”, and I have speakers in mind who I think have a keen sense of where consumers are headed in this decade and what concepts and innovations will be required to meet their needs. This will be a fast-paced, information-packed one day event that will give you a lot of insights to mull while plotting future product development ideas at your own company. Plus, it will be fun and feisty and I look forward to meeting a lot of our readers (I will be your humble moderator). Stay tuned for more information as we build the Prognosticators 2012 agenda.