Like fashion, it never seems to be too early to predict what the future holds, judging from the number of hot trends for 2012 forecasts we’ve fielded in the last two weeks. The latest observations come from Chicago-based research firm Technomic, which expects to see these seven developments making news in the coming year: 1. Consumers Seek a Twist on the Familiar: Shell-shocked consumers are in no mood to take risks, but novel flavors still tingle their taste buds. Look for ...

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