FOSTER CITY, Calif. -- Functional foods are witnessing impressive growth as consumers increasingly view food with an eye toward proactive health, of particular relevance in the ready-to-drink beverage category. According to a study by Front Line Strategic Management Consulting, a market and strategy consultancy here, functional foods -- an $18.5 billion category in the year 2000 -- will continue to grow at double-digit rates, attaining $32.7 billion in sales by 2005. However, regulatory ...

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