NBJ: What were the biggest challenges facing your business segment in 2005?
DL: As a manufacturer, we continue to be challenged by rising input costs and overseas competition. Inputs, particularly for energy and transportation, will put pricing pressure on the entire industry, and I expect prices to increase in 2006 just as they have in the food and packaged goods sector. Ingredient production is shifting to Asia, a long-term trend that is barely discussed in the nut
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