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FOOD INDUSTRY COUNCIL PLEDGES TO BUSH: 'WE CAN LEAD SUPPORT TO RUSSIA AND UKRAINE'

 FOOD INDUSTRY COUNCIL PLEDGES TO BUSH:
 'WE CAN LEAD SUPPORT TO RUSSIA AND UKRAINE'
 ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The Food Industries International Trade Council (FIITC) has alerted President Bush of their four-point plan designed to meet the needs of Russia and Ukraine while assisting U.S. companies with market entry opportunities.
 "Russia and Ukraine represent the two largest processing republics in the new Commonwealth of Independent States, with approximately 200 million consumers collectively," explained George Meinykovich, president, Food Processing Machinery & Supplies Association (FPM&SA), Alexandria. FPM&SA is one of the co-sponsors of the FIITC. "We are ready and able to assist President Bush in giving democracy and free markets the assistance needed to succeed."
 FIITC leadership says the plan's success will depend on a partnership between American food processing companies, food processing machinery companies, the U.S. government and multilateral institutions such as the IMF/World Bank and the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
 The 1992 initiative includes:
 1. Providing sufficient shelf-ready food supplies to alleviate critical food shortages and to introduce Russian/Ukrainian consumers to the variety and quality of American processed food products.
 2. Maintaining sufficient commodity export programs to avoid critical commodity shortages resulting in hunger or decimation of basic herd stocks.
 3. Providing sufficient government-funded, private sector- provided technical assistance to assure efficient distribution of U.S. food products and to begin the process of establishing efficient wholesale and retail distribution systems in Russia and Ukraine; introducing American warehousing, inventory control, distribution logistics, wholesale and retail pricing systems and practices; and
 4. Beginning the process of introducing improved food handling and processing by selecting several critical areas for rapid improvement of food processing technology.
 The FIITC has identified critical areas as on-farm storage facilities; rapid expansion of drying and refrigerating capabilities; rapid expansion of food processing capacity which extends food shelf life such as canning, freezing, dehydration and packaging; and development of reliable food transportation and distribution systems.
 "The American food industry stands ready," declared John Cady, president, National Food Processors Association, "to intercede proactively in each of the four areas outlined by the FIITC to ensure the stabilization of the former Soviet Union and assist in its successful transition to a market economy." NFPA is based in Washington and is a co-sponsor of the FIITC.
 The FIITC is sponsored by the Food Processing Machinery & Supplies Association and the National Food Processors Association. It was founded in 1988 for the purpose of identifying and opening new market opportunities in Central Europe and the former Soviet Union for U.S. processors and manufacturers. It has since sponsored the first-ever U.S.-U.S.S.R. Food Industry Conference, organized delegations to and from Central Europe and the former Soviet Union and maintains formal protocol agreements with Russia and Ukraine.
 For more information on the FIITC, call NFPA at 202-639-5900, or FPM&SA at 703-684-1080.
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 /CONTACT: Michael R. Donkis for FIITC, 703-684-1080 or, after hours, 202-547-4225/ CO: Food Industries International Trade Council ST: Virginia IN: FOD SU:


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