After nearly a decade of grappling with the need for more-healthful offerings, food-industry executives at the Grocery Manufacturers Associations first Future of Food conference seem no closer to a solution.
After years of trying to sort out who should regulate such culinary delights as the bagel dog, the Food and Drug Administration and the Agriculture Department may be coming to a resolution. On Dec. 15, the FDA and the Agriculture Department's Food Safety and Inspection Service , the nation's two federal agencies with primary responsibility for food safety, will hold a public meeting on jurisdictional issues that affect the regulation of foods containing meat and poultry.
In announcing the proposed merger to its members, FPMA noted that the aim is to provide the members of each association the strongest possible programs to meet the challenges and exploit the opportunities of the new millenium.
Alford is currently president and CEO of Nestlé Brands, a unit of Nestlé USA, with such brands as Nestlé Crunch, Coffee-Mate, Taster's Choice and Nesquik. He also heads the company's North American food business and foreign trade/sales divisions.