Das Statistikamt erklaerte weiter, der Haupteffekt sei von sinkenden Lebensmitte
English translation: Office of Statistics
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Explanation: Literally >>The office of statistics also [furthermore] stated that the principal effect was due to falling food prices [prices for food products].<< --- Depending on what that effect was (e.g., an overall drop in the cost of living vs. something more specific) it might be better to transpose to "... that this effect was mainly due to falling food prices."
In the US, the industry is generally referred to as the "food (and beverage) industry", with diverse subdivisions.
Sources: "office of statistics": Oxford-Duden. "Food industry, food prices": copywriting experience (EDI / E-commerce in that sector); Also see:
AltaVista (English) "food industry" "food and beverage industry": 115,668 pages found
word count: food and beverage industry: about 8000; food industry: 179080
Tom Funke Local time: 15:53 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in pair: 2419