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A forecast of the top 10 foodservice trends for the upcoming year includes less beef on the menu as prices continue higher, replaced by pork and poultry. The firm also expects each restaurant’s morals and values to play a larger role.

The list by Technomic, a foodservice research and consulting firm, was based on restaurant visits across the country, data analysis and interviews and surveys with operators, chefs and consumers.

Many recipes with beef will be replaced by less expensive alternatives as restaurants attract consumers by keeping prices down. Technomic says the real protein star of 2014 will be pork with menu items ranging from barbecue to ethnic items.

More unique proteins are expected to make an appearance next year with an increase in lamb and game meats, including duck and bison.