this organization issues statistical and analytical summaries on food distribution and related topics. It also represents canners, packers, manufacturers, brokers and wholesalers.
Institute of Food Technologies 221 N. LaSalle St., Suite 300 Chicago, IL 60691-1291 312-782-8424; www.ift.org
IFT works to support the improvement of food supply through science, technology and education. This organization can help you determine what impact technology will have on the entire marketing process of your product. There are more than 50 international sections and divisions around the world to assist you.
The Trademark Assistance Center 2900 Crystal Dr., Room 4B10 Arlington, VA 22202-3513 703-308-9000
A pilot program of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, this center provides general information about the trademark registration process. It also responds to inquiries about application status. Information about trademarks and patents is also available via the Automated General Trademark or Patent Information line, 800-PTO-9199.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition 200 C St. SW Washington, DC 20204 800-332-4010; www.fda.gov
The FDA provides information concerning the safety and wholesomeness of foods except meats, poultry and eggs, which fall under the USDA. The agency can provide guidance on how your product can comply with their regulations.
FOOD INDUSTRY PUBLICATIONS
From Kitchen to Market Dearborn Publishing Group 800-235-8866
Now in its second edition, this book provides information about how to sell your recipe. It also provides an extensive list of nationwide co- packers and broker association who can help develop and market you product; $27.95.
Thomas Food Industry Register Thomas Publishing Co. 212-290–7341 www.tfir.com
This three-volume directory is the only comprehensive book that covers the entire American and Canadian food industry. Indexed by company, product, service and location, it lists over 30,000 food processors, equipment, supply and service manufacturers, br
okers and wholesalers/ distributors; $185.