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5@5: Angie's Boomchickapop bought by Conagra | All the ways Amazon is moving into physical retail

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.

Conagra buys Boomchickapop maker Angie’s Artisan Treats

Chicago-based Conagra already owns a popcorn brand, Orville Redenbacher, but is looking for ways to “modernize our portfolio and accelerate growth,” CEO Sean Connolly said.  Angie’s makes non-GMO, gluten-free snacks free of artificial colors and flavors for health-conscious and natural food consumers. In a statement, Angie’s cofounder Angie Bastian said the deal will allow consumers to find more of the brand’s snacks in more stores. It’s expected to close by year’s end. Read more at StarTribune…

 

Amazon is making huge physical bets in defiance of the retail apocalypse

Brick-and-mortar retailers may be worried about the impact of e-commerce on their businesses, but so do e-commerce retailers recognize the importance of brick-and-mortar—or at least Amazon seems to. The online retailer has been increasingly moving into physical retail with its acquisition of Whole Foods, a partnership with Kohl’s, a chain of bookstores, the testing of an AmazonGo store, and the addition of AmazonFresh pickup and Amazon Lockers in grocery stores. Read more at Business Insider…

 

Arkansas defies Monsanto, moves to ban rogue weedkiller

The Arkansas State Plant Board, which consists of citizens connected to agriculture, has the authority to regulate pesticides in the state and voted last week to ban the use of the herbicide dicamba during the summertime because of its tendency to drift into neighboring fields. Monsanto’s dicamba is used with soybeans and cotton crops from seeds that have been genetically modified to tolerate it. Nearly 1,000 farmers in Arkansas filed formal complaints of damaged crops from drifting of the herbicide. Read more at NPR…

 

Study suggests when mobile markets take wireless food stamps, more people buy healthy food

 A New York University Study found that more people in low-income neighborhoods purchased more fruits and vegetables when local mobile vendors accepted food stamps from Electronic Benefits Transfer machines. However, the high cost of these machines is a challenge. Read more at PBS…

 

Science offers real sugar alternatives to help reduce obesity

Scientists at Tate and Lyle claim to have come up with products that offer the same sweetness as sugar without the calories. “We are working on a pipeline of rare sugars,” said Kavita Karnik, director of nutrition and innovation at Tate and Lyle. “Although not approved here yet, they are elsewhere in South and North America.” Read more at The National…

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