5@5: Globalization in the produce section | CBD takes center stage at Expo West

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March 15, 2018

2 Min Read
5@5: Globalization in the produce section | CBD takes center stage at Expo West

Most of America’s fruit is now imported. Is that a bad thing?

Given the buzz around phrases like "local food" and "farm to fork," it may be surprising that more than half of the fresh fruit purchased in the U.S. and one-third of the fresh vegetables come from foreign farms. Those numbers have been on the rise for decades, and they appear likely to continue on an upward trajectory. Many factors have contributed to this, including infrastructure improvements, growth in American income that’s driven demand for fresh produce all year, and new rules that allow certain crops to be imported from certain countries. The New York Times highlights some of the challenges and concerns this increase in imports raises. Read more at The New York Times…


These Boulder entrepreneurs brought chai tea to the mainstream. Now, they hope to do the same with CBD.

At Natural Products Expo West, the founder and former CEO of Third Street Chai unveiled a new food brand with products that contain CBD. Weller Snacks’ first offering is a coconut bite snack that contains 5 mg per serving of hemp extract sourced from an Oregon hemp farm run by the founder of Dagoba Chocolate. Some 20 other CBD-containing products also launched at the show, and some producers say more retailers are becoming to receptive to selling the controversial ingredient. Read more at The Cannabist…


In a study of 960 older adults, researchers at Rush University Medical School in Chicago found that a half cup of cooked dark leafy greens or one and one-third cups of lettuce daily may be enough to improve brain function. The power of greens may lie in their combination of vitamin E, B vitamin folate, antioxidant lutein and vitamin K, they say. Read more at The Washington Post…


Instacart is thinking about a self-checkout system, patent reveals

The grocery delivery company may be looking for ways to speed up its delivery, if a new patent filing is any indication. The patent is for a mobile checkout system that would allow shoppers to leave stores without going through a checkout, à la Amazon Go. Read more at Fast Company…


Grocery delivery competition speeds up as King Soopers adds 2-hour service in Colorado

Through a new partnership with Instacart, the Kroger-owned grocery chain will offer two-hour delivery from most of its Colorado stores. Read more at The Denver Post…

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