While repercussions from mad cow disease and proposals to increase the minimum wage can grab immediate attention, food-industry chief executive officers mostly want sustained economic growth in this election year, they told SN. Executives interviewed by SN gave President Bush credit for jump-starting the economy with his tax-relief package. Yet, factors such as U.S. troops still in Iraq, slow-to-rebound national employment, and the country facing a $500 billion deficit tempered their ...

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