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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.

Tyson Foods, a meat leader, invests in protein alternatives

A sign of the times: The largest meat producer in the U.S. has taken a 5 percent stake in Beyond Meat, the purveyor of the almost-like-real-meat Beyond Burger. “We think it’s a game-changing product that gives us exposure to this fast-growing part of the food business," said Tyson's senior vice president of strategy and new ventures. Will other companies follow suit as meat substitutes move mainstream? Read more at The New York Times...


Across the globe, our diets are making us sicker, report finds

Even in developing countries (where sales of fast food are growing fastest), poor diet and nutrition are bigger threats to human health than other risk factors like alcohol and tobacco use, according to a recent report published by a group of nutrition and health experts. While hunger rates are dropping, the number of people in the world who are overweight and obese is on the rise. Read more at NPR...


Whole Foods, Mariano's dip toes in poor Chicago neighborhoods

In an important moment for one of the most impoverished neighborhoods on the south side of Chicago, and for food access as a whole, Mariano's Fresh Market and Whole Foods Market are opening stores in the Engelwood neighborhood. Now the question is, will high-end grocery stores make a dent in the city's food desert problem? Read more at USA Today...


What restaurants can teach us about reducing food waste

"We never waste anything," says the owner of Txikito in Manhattan. It's just one of the many restaurants that has become a role model for recycling would-be wasted food like parsley stems and chickpea broth. Read more at Center for a Livable Future...


Post Foods faces class action over allegations of deceptive cereal box advertising

A new lawsuit takes aim at more than 50 cereals, alleging that Post falsely represents them as healthy, wholesome or nutritious despite their sugar content. Read more at Legal News Line...

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