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5@5: JBS gives hackers $11M | Food processing failures | Reusable wine bottles?

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.

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Following a ransomware attack over Memorial Day Weekend, meat supplier JBS announced that it paid $11 million in bitcoins to the hackers that penetrated the system. Representatives said the company handed over the ransom in order to "mitigate any unforeseen issues related to the attack and ensure no data was exfiltrated." ABC News reports.

Why we need to rethink food processing

Bye-bye ultraprocessed junk food, hello processing techniques that preserve much of the flavor, texture, nutrition and appearance of fresh foods! This Forbes article delves into how methods such as freeze drying and aseptic processing can be used to make the food supply chain less fragile while also getting more healthy fare into food-insecure households.

The message in a reusable wine bottle: combat climate change

Have you heard of Gotham Project? This pioneering company siphons wine into kegs, sells them to bars and restaurants in almost 40 states and offers customers the opportunity to return its reusable bottles. The bottles are also sealed solely with corks, avoiding the waste that would come with foil capsules. The New York Times has the scoop.

Shipments of plant-based proteins to restaurants up 60% year over year

Shipments of plant-based proteins from foodservice distributors to commercial restaurants were up 60% year-over-year in April of 2021, according to new data released by NPD Group. Plant-based beef boasts the largest share of those protein shipments, with the number of pounds shipped increasing by 45% year-over-year in April, while plant-based chicken grew by 82% year-over-year in April. Though still in its nascent stages, plant-based fish is up 72% year-over-year. Learn more at The Spoon.

New research highlights a shifting priority at food banks: tackling the root causes of food insecurity

According to a new study, 68% of frontline organizations such as food pantries and 80% of hunger advocacy organizations believe they should focus more effort on tackling the root causes of food insecurity, including poverty and structural racism within the food system. One expert said to The Counter that “What we’re seeing now is community-based emergency food providers embracing the idea that charity is not going to end hunger. We’re at the proverbial crossroads … where we can continue to buck up the emergency food system, or we can be honest and say: ‘This is no longer an emergency because it’s a chronic need.’”

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