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5@5: The new food influencers | Entrepreneurs upcycle food waste

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.

Message to food companies: Food activists are your new brand managers

Food bloggers, celebrity nutritionists, politicians and activists have usurped food marketers in their ability to influence public opinion, writes Hank Cardello, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. Yet many food companies haven't yet realized this. Check out three courses of action he recommends for food brands. Read more at Forbes...

Artisinal food waste: Can you turn scraps into premium products?

Here's a trend we can get on board with: Entrepreneurs building businesses around the concept of repurposing food waste. Meet Toast Ale, a craft beer company in London that brews from surplus bread, and Brine Street Picklery, a Philadelphia-based collaboration that turns excess produce from a local foodbank into condiments. Read more at NPR...

Americans should eat less meat, but they're eating more and more

A recent analysis from Rabobank estimates that meat consumption in the U.S. actually rose by 5 percent last year and predicts that the upswing will continue. "Consumers are responding to falling prices," one analyst says. Read more at Vox...

Is teff the new superfood?

This traditional Ethiopian food is getting some attention as a nutritious grain that can grow almost anywhere and packs more protein than many other gluten-free grains. Read more at Huffington Post...

19 food films to inform and inspire

From animal welfare to food waste to labor issues, these food films shine light on the complex issues within our food system. Read more at Food Tank...

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