MEALSOLUTIONS DRAWING TOP RETAIL EXECUTIVES

PHOENIX -- Just prior to the opening of the Food Marketing Institute's MealSolutions here, preregistration lists showed a high ratio of retailers, and of top management, planning to attend.That's a true indicator of how interest in home meal replacement has exploded this year, said keynote speaker Ira Blumenthal, president of Atlanta-based Co-Opportunities, in a preshow interview.Blumenthal, a consultant

PHOENIX -- Just prior to the opening of the Food Marketing Institute's MealSolutions here, preregistration lists showed a high ratio of retailers, and of top management, planning to attend.

That's a true indicator of how interest in home meal replacement has exploded this year, said keynote speaker Ira Blumenthal, president of Atlanta-based Co-Opportunities, in a preshow interview.

Blumenthal, a consultant and marketing specialist, said, "What really impresses me is the large

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