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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.

New Florida grocery space outpacing the rest of the nation

While the number of grocery stores in the U.S. is falling—new store openings were down 29 percent last year from 2016—Florida has more than ever and continues to add more. New data from commercial real estate brokerage firm JLL ranks the state fifth in new grocery square footage added last year, behind California, Virginia, North Carolina and Texas. Over the last decade, a number of new grocers like Lucky’s, Sprouts and Whole Foods Market have expanded into Florida, while Publix has expanded, too. Read more at Business Observer…

 

How GV’s Andy Wheeler invests in the food companies of the future

Headline-making companies Impossible Foods, Soylent, Ripple Foods and Bowery have at least one thing in common—they’ve all landed investments from GV, formerly Google Ventures. The venture capital firm has gotten in early on big tech successes lie Uber, ClassPass and Jet, and is investing in the cutting-edge food and agriculture space with the help of partner Andy Wheeler, who comes from a farming family and has a background with startups and products that require manufacturing and supply chain management. Here’s his take on some of GV’s high-profile food investments. Read more at Forbes…

 

Brooklyn’s Perelandra opens plant-based kitchen and juice bar

The Brooklyn natural grocer is opening a café that will feature a plant-based menu and 95 percent organic ingredients. What’s on the menu? A hot bar buffet; sandwiches made with tofu, jackfruit and cashew-based cheeses, and more. Read more at One Green Planet…

 

Another place plastics are turning up: organic fertilizer from food waste

Even an environmentally friendly effort like making fertilizer from food waste, which is big especially in parts of Europe, can go awry. Researchers in Germany found a variety of microplastics from bags and food wrappers in organic fertilizer made from food waste. Eventually, those pieces get washed out of the fertilizer and into waterways. Read more at NPR…

 

Employers like Facebook and Google get serious about feeding workers healthier food

A growing number of companies are offering free meals and snacks as a standard perk for employees, and are putting a focus on healthy fare. Microsoft and Google, for example, have come up with labeling schemes to help employees quickly determine which food choices are most nutritious. Read more at New York Daily News…

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