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[email protected]: Are meal delivery kits a bubble about to burst? | Beans—a boon for soil

5@5: Are meal delivery kits a bubble about to burst? | Beans—a boon for soil
Each day at 5 p.m. we collect the five top natural news headlines of the day, making it easy for you to catch up on today's most important natural products industry news.

It's dinner in a box. But are meal delivery kits cooking?

Blue Apron says it ships 8 million meals a month—but are meal kits just a bubble that's about to burst? Michael Pollan, Mark Bittman and others weigh in. Read more at The New York Times...


How chickpeas can fix soil and feed farmers

In poverty-stricken farming communities in Africa, where farmers are in dire need of new ways to make their crops more productive, one agroecologist is harnessing the power of legumes—and the bacteria that live in the roots of their plants—to help enrich the soil. Read more at National Geographic...

Move over, soy. Banana milk is coming to Colorado.

WhiteWave Foods, seller of dairy and dairy alternatives, is hoping it's found the next big beverage in Sir Bananas banana milk, a blend of 2 percent milk and bananas, which is being tested in four states. Read more at Denver Post...


The millennial factor: How a generation of consumers is transforming today's packaging landscape

This generation feels a personal connection to its preferred brands, which makes branding and packaging a high priority for brands. Here are some ideas for staying ahead of the millennial curve. Read more at Packaging Digest...


The great rebranding of American agriculture: Q&A with the USDA's Matthew Herrick

The USDA's director of communications has made it his mission to get involved in relevant conversations the public is having about the agency, through social media and a year-long storytelling initiative. "We want to talk to the folks who are looking at how they spend their family’s resources, and connect with them in a different way." Read more at Modern Farmer...

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