Food Business News - Nov 08, 2005 - (Page 1)

FoodBusinessNews November 8, 2005 NEWS, MARKETS AND ANALYSIS FOR THE FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRY U.S.D.A. enhancing strategy to battle bird flu 9 information on packages 14 Organic market expands MARKET WATCH season got under way. WASHINGTON - President George W. Bush last week outlined a sweeping $7.1 billion national strategy to safeguard the U.S. against the danger of pandemic influenza. As part of the program, Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns requested additional resources, including $91 million, to safeguard the United States against highly transmissible pathogenic forms of avian influenza (H.P.A.I.), a disease that commonly affects birds, has been transmitted to humans in Asia, and could be the precursor of a global pandemic. Concern has grown regarding H.P.A.I. infecting birds in the U.S. as the virus has spread around the world, carried by wild birds following their normal migratory patterns. The virus initially was localized in Asia, but recently has appeared in Russia and several other European and Eastern European countries. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations anticipates the virus will spread to Africa and the Middle East in the near future. An outbreak of H.P.A.I. in the U.S. could Continued on Page 15 President Bush announced a plan to safeguard the U.S. against pandemic influenza. Tracking trends at the Worldwide Food Expo CHICAGO - Twenty-five thousand food industry executives converged on Chicago for the Worldwide Food Expo Oct. 26 to 29 to learn about the latest trends in food service, new product development and retail. The level of interest generated by several of the standing-room-only sessions underscores the level of change and desire to know more about those changes occurring in the North American food industry. For example, time-pressed consumers demand convenience more than ever. That sums up the emerging menu trends outlined by Amanda Archibald, principal analyst of Menu Insights for Mintel International, during one session at the exposition. Taking data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Ms. Archibald presented a portrait of what some consumers face on a daily basis. Currently, for example, 115 million Americans commute to work. That figure is up from 100 million in 1999. Thirtyfour per cent of the commutes exceed 45 minutes and 86% are done alone. "The issue is the affordable houses are in suburbs, and the high paying jobs are in cities," Ms. Archibald said. "The result is kids Continued on Page 22

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