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February 23, 2018

2 Min Read
5@5: Beef industry says lab-grown meat shouldn't be called meat | Who looks at nutrition labels?

The battle between the beef industry and Silicon Valley’s lab-grown meat startups is heating up

Following in the footsteps of the dairy industry’s attack on the plant-based industry’s use of the word “milk,” the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association has filed a petition to the USDA asking the agency to establish labeling requirements that would prevent lab-grown meat startups from being able to call their products any form of “meat,” since they don’t come from slaughtered animals. Read more at Business Insider...


Who reads—and doesn’t read—Nutrition Facts food labels?

According to a new study of 2,000 young adults out of the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health and Medical School, the most frequent label-readers when it comes to food are women, people with high education and income, people who are physically active and people who are classified as overweight. And those who read are most frequently interested in sugars, calories and serving size. But only one-third of the study’s sample used nutrition labels frequently when buying a product for the first time. Those who did ate more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, the researchers said. Their study was published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Read more at Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder…


Tyson’s food plans include leftover bits

Through its Innovation Lab, Tyson is developing a line of protein snacks that make use of excess grain, vegetable pulp and meat scraps that are often thrown out, company executives announced at the annual Consumer Analyst Group of New York conference. It’s also formed a partnership with the company Tajin to incorporate its Mexican-inspired condiments into value-added meat products, as a play to increase its relevance among the Hispanic population and its growing buying power. Executives say Tyson has also set a goal to reduce its greenhouse emissions 30 percent by 2030. Read more at Arkansas Democrat-Gazette…


Amazon has quietly launched an exclusive line of over-the-counter health products

Amazon hasn’t confirmed any plans to add pharmacies at Whole Foods outlets, but it’s made another move to expand its presence in the health space. Basic Care is the e-retailer’s recently launched line of OTC medicines produced by Perrigo, which includes 60 products. Read more at CNBC...


Who’s growing your pot? Sonoma County startup seeks organic cannabis labels

One member of the Straus Family Creamery—the first 100 percent organic creamery in the U.S.—has a new venture that aims to bring sustainable practices to cannabis. He’s developing a brand called Hugo Straus that’s working with a Biodynamic-certified purveyor of sustainable medical cannabis products. Read more at North Bay Business Journal… 

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