FRESH CATEGORIES EXPECT GOOD YEAR

NEW YORK -- Demand for meats, dairy products, whole-grain foods and produce will grow during 2005, despite the waning popularity of low-carb dieting, according to industry sources.Low-carb dieting, credited with spawning trends ranging from the growth of diet soft drinks to the spike in meat sales during 2003 and 2004, has declined steadily since one year ago. In January 2004, about 9.1% of the country

NEW YORK -- Demand for meats, dairy products, whole-grain foods and produce will grow during 2005, despite the waning popularity of low-carb dieting, according to industry sources.

Low-carb dieting, credited with spawning trends ranging from the growth of diet soft drinks to the spike in meat sales during 2003 and 2004, has declined steadily since one year ago. In January 2004, about 9.1% of the country was following a strict low-carb regimen, but by late November, that number had fal

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