Predicting the future is a delicate matter, and a super powered crystal ball would be needed to foresee exactly which stories will fill the headlines in 2006. However, this month's briefing provides a chapter-by-chapter review of the key trends we think will affect the food industry during 2006 and beyond. Of course, many of the same issues that kept us busy in 2005 will no doubt rumble on this year. Health concerns will continue to dominate the front pages, along with convenience and indulgence and new technology and packaging innovations. Other hot topics discussed in this report include salt levels, avian flu, planning laws, children's food and energy costs.