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Hazy time for hemp producers

5@5: Hazy times for hemp producers | Ingredient maker InterHealth acquired

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.

3 years into nation's hemp experiment, crop's future is hazy

Twenty-nine states have authorized research on hemp, but there are still many challenges—like finding seeds, and making sure they'll yield crops with THC levels below the legal threshold—for these farmers as they build data for the industry. Read more at the Associated Press...

Lonza buys InterHealth in health push

Supplement ingredient manufacturer InterHealth Nutraceuticals has agreed to be purchased by pharmaceutical ingredients supplier Lonza in a deal worth up to $300 million. InterHealth, which makes ingredients targeted for weight loss, sports nutrition, joint health and more, is currently owned by Kainos Capital. Read more at Reuters...

Sprouts confirms Florida expansion

A regulatory filing by the Phoenix-based grocer reveals Sprouts Farmers Market's plans to expand into Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and the Carolinas. Read more at Tampa Bay Business Journal...

Celebrity chefs turn wasted Olympics food into meals for homeless

A team of chefs, led by Massimo Bottura, is using leftover ingredients to prepare meals for homeless people in Rio. But it's not just a pop-up project; Bottura thinks he's found a model to keep the restaurant open even after the Olympics are over. Read more at The New York Times...

Sports nutrition products power up everyday performance

Energy drinks and sports drinks are fast-growing categories, and sales of nutrition bars reached $4.7 billion in 2015, according to NBJ data. This likely has something to do with the fact that more Americans than ever report exercising for more than 30 minutes a day three or more days a week. Read more at IFT...

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