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[email protected]: Why more people don't buy groceries online | Audit uncovers challenges for organic imports

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.

There’s still one big reason why people aren’t buying their groceries online

Eighty-four percent of shoppers say they don’t order groceries online because they prefer to physically see and choose them for themselves, according to new research from Morgan Stanley. While that number was unchanged from the year prior, the share of people who tried but didn’t like ordering groceries online increased from 17 percent to 27 percent in 2017. Read more at Quartz…

 

Imported organic food may be falling short of U.S. certification

An audit overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Inspector General found that the agency’s Agricultural Marketing Service couldn’t prove that all imports labeled as organic were verified to be from certified organic farms and businesses overseas. The agency also, apparently, hasn’t perfected how to make sure that imports sprayed for insects at the port don't end up labeled as organic. “The lack of controls at U.S. ports of entry increases the risk that non-organic products may be imported as organic into the United States and could create an unfair economic environment for U.S. organic producers,” the report said. Read more at Bloomberg…

 

Organic products are showing up in more places

Sales of organic products with a UPC code have grown almost 10 percent over the last year. Warehouse and club stores represent more than one-quarter of sales. Read more at Nielsen…

 

One of America’s biggest food banks just cut junk food by 84 percent a year

Capital Area Food Bank, which distributes 46 million pounds of food per year, was told by many of its patrons that their doctors wanted them to eat less sugar and salt and more fiber. The food bank responded, cutting its junk food by 84 percent and increasing the amount of protein it offered by 57 percent. Read more at NPR…

 

Pizza Hut launches vegan cheese

Five UK locations of the pizza chain will all Violife vegan cheese to their menus in October. Read more at Veg News…

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