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5@5: John Mackey on Whole Foods' future | The American Chinese herbal market
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.

After ‘challenging’ 2015, Whole Foods co-founder sees strength ahead

Whole Foods Market co-founder and co-CEO John Mackey makes no bones about it: 2015 was one of the toughest years ever for the organic foods giant. Now, Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods is rethinking its business and revamping its brand to do battle with a growing army of competitors. The retailer has created a nine-point turnaround plan aimed at making 2016 a better year. Read more at The Kansas City Star...


Chinese medicinal herbs provide niche market for US farmers

Expanding interest in traditional Chinese medicine in the United States is fostering a potentially lucrative new niche market for farmers who plant the varieties of herbs, flowers and trees sought by practitioners. Read more at ABC...


Universal recycling law brings more good than expected to hungry Vermonters

Vermont’s universal recycling law, Act 148, requires institutions that create large amounts of food waste to keep that food out of a landfill. And that new mandate has created an opportunity. Much of this so-called waste is actually high quality food that the Vermont Foodbank now redistributes to hungry Vermonters. Read more at VPR...


Everything you're starving to know about Sprouts Farmers Market

Find all the numbers and the strategy behind Sprouts Farmers Market, all in one place. Read more at Market Realist...


Why the egg industry is scrambling to set hens free

Americans eat about 265 eggs per person per year, according to the American Egg Board, and roughly nine in 10 are laid by hens confined in cages with little room to move. That’s changing. McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, General Mills and Nestle all said this fall they are gradually switching to cage-free eggs in the US. Consumers are buying more cage-free and organic eggs. Laws in five states, including California, ban caged hens. Read more at The Guardian...

And Costco announced Monday that it, too, will go cage free, according to Quartz.

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