Food Business News - Apr 18, 2006 - (Page 1)

FoodBusinessNews ® NEWS, MARKETS AND ANALYSIS FOR THE FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRY April 18, 2006 Bill seeks ban on 'junk food' in schools Summer fuel outlook a 'mixed bag' 20 Using licensing to get noticed 36 Equal taste with less sodium 38 MARKET WATCH WASHINGTON - Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa was joined by Senators Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico and Lincoln Chaffee of Rhode Island in introducing the Child Nutrition Promotion and School Lunch Protection Act of 2006 on April 6, which aims to halt sales of foods determined to be of minimal nutritional value in the nation's schools. The bill, S.2592, was introduced as an amendment to the Child Nutrition Act of 1966. Under that act, school food services, in order to receive federal reimbursements for meals served by the national school lunch and breakfast programs, must ensure those meals meet science-based nutritional standards established by Congress and the Secretary of Agriculture. Additionally, since 1979, federal law has prohibited the sale of "foods of minimal nutritional value," as defined by the Continued on Page 22 Building a better bar Whole grains, fruits and nuts key resurgence in food bar innovation Broiler meat exports to Russia are up 99% from a year ago. The health and snack bar category has experienced a sea of change over the past several years. Like a roller coaster ride, the segment has had its ups and downs, its shifts in direction, all the while maintaining a sense of excitement that has left consumers wondering what's next. For a category that competes for share of stomach against much larger sectors such as cereals, crackers and other snack products, bars must constantly evolve to stay fresh. It appears the category is doing just that. Sales of breakfast bars in the 52 weeks ended March 25, 2006, totaled $491,693,601, up 10% from $447,936,326 in the same period a year ago, according to ACNielsen Strategic Planner data. The gain comes on the heels of a yearover-year decline of 5.3% spanning from Continued on Page 29

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