A number of developments in the final quarter of this year have prompted major changes that will follow the food industry into the new year. Many of these changes could not have been anticipated just a few months ago.
The most obvious development was Sept. 11 and its influence on the consumer. It turns out the early predictions about a new shopper mood were on target. Retailers are moving into 2002 with food-at-home sales on the rise and comfort foods charting strong gains. That's why