Food Business News - Jan 22, 2008 - (Page 1)

FoodBusinessNews ® NEWS, MARKETS AND ANALYSIS FOR THE FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRY 2007 food prices: Largest gain since 1990 January 22, 2008 Calling all clones F.D.A. determines food derived from cloned animals is safe to eat; industry balks F.D.A 12 Consumer driven changes fueling McDonald's growth 24 Despite higher costs, grainbased foods demand growing again 37 MARKET KET WATCH per lb Lactose tose prices 0 $1.0 $0.8 $0.6 $0.4 $0.2 $0 Jan. Mar. May July Sept. Nov. Jan. 2007 2008 Lactose price is down 80% from 2007 high and 63% from year ago. WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration on Jan. 15 declared meat and milk from clones of cattle, swine and goats, as well as from the offspring of clones of any species traditionally consumed as food, are as safe to eat as food derived from conventionally bred animals. The F.D.A. concluded there was no food safety reason to prevent food derived from clones of these animal species from entering the marketplace but urged producers and cloning technology providers to continue to observe a voluntary moratorium on introducing such products to allow for a transition during which domestic consumer and international trade partner acceptance is assured. Because it determined there were no food safety issues involved, the F.D.A. indicated there would be no special labeling or additional measures required for meat and milk derived from clones of cattle, swine and goats, or their progeny. The F.D.A. said should a producer express a desire for voluntary labeling, such as "this product Continued on Page 26 Restaurant rationing Operators reduce serving size to build on portion control trend Consumers pushing themselves away from restaurant tables full but with still heaping piles of food on their plates may become less common in 2008 if certain trends play out as expected, according to several research tracking firms. Portion control, which has been a hit in the snack food sector through the widespread introduction of 100-calorie packs, now is making its way into food service. Restaurant consultant Joseph Baum and Michael Whiteman Co. identified "smaller portions" as their No. 10 dining trend in 2008, while the National Restaurant Association (N.R.A.) identified bite-size desserts (No. 1) and "small plates" (No. 4) as areas of interest heading into the new year. Annika Stensson, manager of media relations with the N.R.A., said the growing Continued on Page 29

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