LOW-CARB DIET TREND ALTERING FRESH SALES

Retailers and other industry sources say the low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet craze is sending meat sales through the roof and, in some cases, prompting bakery and food-service managers to introduce diet-friendly products -- or at least take a serious look at newly formulated low-carb or protein-based foods.Meat sales are definitely up. This year, consumers are expected to spend as much as $62

Retailers and other industry sources say the low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet craze is sending meat sales through the roof and, in some cases, prompting bakery and food-service managers to introduce diet-friendly products -- or at least take a serious look at newly formulated low-carb or protein-based foods.

Meat sales are definitely up. This year, consumers are expected to spend as much as $62 billion on fresh beef, compared to $59.5 billion last year, according to Cattle Buyers W

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