NEW ORLEANS — The annual trends report from Carol Christison, executive director for the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association, presented here at the association's 2008 trade show and expo, began on what has become an all-too-familiar note for food retailers and suppliers. American consumers are feeling tapped out. The bursting of the housing bubble has sapped away nest eggs, while an ongoing credit crunch is hurting both businesses and consumers as money becomes more difficult to ...

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