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5@5: Kroger's big plans for better sourcing, less waste | Big ag focuses new GMOs on potential health benefits

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.

Kroger has an incredibly ambitious plan to go green

Ensuring that 90 percent of all its seafood comes from Marine Stewardship Council certified fisheries, using more recyclable packaging and improving transportation efficiency are just a few of Kroger's new sustainability goals for 2020. Read more at Fortune...


Companies woo consumers with GMO crops with health benefits

Changing the conversation about GMOs won't be easy, but big ag companies are trying to do it by developing seeds that don't just tolerate more pesticides but produce foods that they say provide actual additional nutritional or shelf-life benefits. For example, Monsanto and Pioneer are working on a soybean that produces longer-lasting oils that don't contain trans fats. Read more at The Des Moines Register...

The edible insect industry has grown big enough to start lobbying Washington

Thirty companies that comprise a new trade group called the North American Edible Insect Coalition are working on ways to collect market data on the industry and engage with legislators on food and nutrition policy. Its first major project? Getting insect-based foods added to FDA's GRAS database. Read more at Quartz...


Report: New products labeled as vegetarian and vegan on the rise

Here's a testament to the plant-based food movement: About 4.3 percent of new products on the market carry a vegan claim, and products with vegetarian claims grew 60 percent between 2011 and 2015, according to Innova Market Insights. Read more at Food Dive...


Reducing food waste before going to market

Manufacturers are working to cut their waste by recycling or donating food scraps, or just using ingredients more efficiently. Read more at Yale Climate Connections...

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