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

CircleUp25: Announcing the 2017 winners

Each year, CircleUp names what it thinks are the most innovative consumer and retail brands of the year to its CircleUp25 list. This year, natural brands including Banza, Dirty Lemon, EatingEvolved, Hippeas, Ollie, Rebbl and more were awarded. CircleUp also noted trends including innovation in personal care and beauty, and women-led innovation. Read more at Forbes… 

 

Longtime president of Annie’s organic foods John Foraker steps down

Foraker has led Annie’s for 17 years, through its acquisition by and integration into General Mills, which he calls “wildly successful.” Now he says he’s moving on to a new startup venture in the Bay Area. His successor at Annie’s will be Carla Vernon, General Mills’ current vice president of natural and organic growth acceleration. Read more at StarTribune…

 

‘Homegrown Organic’ bill would help growers transition, boosting U.S. production

New Hampshire Rep. Ann Kuster introduced a bill this week that would better assist producers in switching to organic by providing them with valuable technical and financial assistance and making more farmland available. Read more at EWG…

 

Jaden Smith’s company sues Hampton Creek over trademark dispute

Bottled water company Just Goods Inc. says the plant-based food company violated an agreement the two signed in 2014 related to its branding. In May, Hampton Creek debuted new branding and packaging that emphasizes the world “just.” Just Goods says customers are now confusing the brands, which is especially troublesome as Hampton Creek has been the subject of several controversies over the last year. Read more at Fortune…

 

Foreign investors are snapping up U.S. farms

The amount of foreign-owned farmland in the U.S has nearly doubled since 2004 and is still increasing, according to recent reports from the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting and New Food Economy. Canada, the Netherlands and Germany own the most. Why? It’s a good investment and has proven relatively insensitive to inflation and economic shocks. Read more at Mother Jones….

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