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June 28, 2016

2 Min Read
5@5: Millions more for Thrive Market | Past FDA commissioners say agency should be independent

Thrive Market, an online grocer, raises $111 million

Investors including Invus, Greycroft Partners, E-Ventures and Cross Culture Ventures pumped some serious funds into the growing e-retailer to help further development of its own branded goods and increase media marketing. Thrive also says it plans to petition the USDA to allow people to use food stamps online. Read more at The New York Times...


Former commissioners: Make FDA an independent agency

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration "is trapped in a structural problem," according to six former commissioners at a panel at Spotlight Health at the Aspen Ideas Festival this week. The former officials criticized the agency, which operates under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services but is funded by the Department of Agriculture, for being plagued by bureaucracy, politics and micro management, saying it would benefit from operating as an independent agency. Read more at Politico...

Pepsi is putting the artificial sweetener aspartame back in its diet soda after a customer revolt

Last year Pepsi Co. took the controversial sweetener out. Now it's adding it back in—at least to some of its diet drinks. Read more at Quartz...


Whole Foods to move regional headquarters to Denver from Boulder

The new headquarters will provide better access to the airport and a closer commute to the majority of area stores. Read more at The Daily Camera...


Nothing says 'hip' like ancient wheat

Many ancient grains have now gone mainstream, but some say wheat is poised for a comeback. Ancient varieties of wheat have a distinct flavor and less gluten than mainstream varieties. Plus, improved wheat diversity could bolster food security. Read more at NPR...

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