5@5: Both dairy and dairy alternatives drive growth for WhiteWave | Whole Foods seeks 'friends' for new stores

[email protected]: Both dairy and dairy alternatives drive growth for WhiteWave | Whole Foods seeks 'friends' for new stores

Each day at 5 p.m. we collect the five top natural news headlines of the day, making it easy for you to catch up on today's most important natural products industry news.

WhiteWave earnings growth accelerates on dairy-free sales

In an earnings call Thursday, CEO Gregg Engles said that last year's acquisitions of Wallaby Yogurt and Vega benefited the company last quarter. Sales within its U.S. plant-based foods and beverages unit, as well as its dairy unit, grew more than 20 percent. Read more at Investor's Business Daily...

 

Whole Foods new chain could include 'tattoo parlors' and 'record stores'

Along with its new smaller, value-oriented store concept, Whole Foods has created a program that will work with like-minded businesses to co-locate in its stores. The new website for Friends of 365 by Whole Foods Market says that the program likes to "mix things up" and could potentially work with a variety of businesses, "from food and drinks to fashion, body care products, services, and more. (Record shop? Tattoo parlor? Maybe!)" Read more at Munchies...

House votes to ease calorie disclosure rules for pizzerias, delis, grocers

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted 266-144 to modify a proposed FDA rule that would require certain food sellers to prominently display calorie counts for their food on their premises, instead allowing them to list calorie counts only on their website. A similar bill has is being reviewed by a committee in the Senate. Read more at USA Today...

 

So THAT'S why everyone's drinking kefir

Loaded with probiotics, calcium, vitamin K and vitamin B, this fermented beverage is really catching on. Read more at Huffington Post...

 

Cuba's organic honey exports create buzz as bees die off elsewhere

Cigars, rum and...honey? The cabinet staple has become a key export for pesticide-free Cuba, which exported more than $23 million worth of it in 2014. Read more at Reuters...

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