A SHOW OF OPTIMISM

CHICAGO -- The mood in the food industry has shifted from negative to positive, Tim Hammonds, president and chief executive officer of the Food Marketing Institute, said here last week."Perhaps the biggest change in our industry is the improvement in feelings toward the future," he said. "Members all over the country -- with the exception of California -- see signs of an upturn, and they see consumers

CHICAGO -- The mood in the food industry has shifted from negative to positive, Tim Hammonds, president and chief executive officer of the Food Marketing Institute, said here last week.

"Perhaps the biggest change in our industry is the improvement in feelings toward the future," he said. "Members all over the country -- with the exception of California -- see signs of an upturn, and they see consumers more open with their pocketbooks.

"Even the industry's mood toward warehous

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