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5@5: AMA spurs label transparency movement | Adidas joins fight against plastic

Each day at 5 p.m. we collect the five top food and supplement headlines of the day, making it easy for you to catch up on today's most important natural products industry news.

 

What does the label say? Physicians seek transparency

Physicians are taking on misleading front-of-package claims for the sake of consumers who may not be inclined to cross-check these claims against the nutritional label. A new policy decided upon by the AMA House of Delegates will encourage the FDA to police foods that claim to be healthy while containing, for example, more than the prespecified limit of added sugars. The AMA also stated that there is a clear need for more obvious allergen labeling on food packaging, as well as labeling that indicates whether a medical product is animal-derived. Read more at AMA Wire ...

 

Adidas commits to only using recycled plastic in its products by 2024

Adidas has pledged to eliminate the use of “virgin” plastic across the board in all of its products by 2024. The company will also be making an effort to cease use of virgin plastic in its “offices, retail outlets, warehouses and distribution centers.” This effort will begin in 2018 and is estimated to save 40 tons of plastic per year. Read more at CNN 

 

PepsiCo continues health kick, reveals first startups for its accelerator program

PepsiCo has continued to acquire healthy snacking and better-for-you beverage companies in recent weeks as part of its Nutrition Greenhouse program. Established superfood companies such as Pipers Crispeas and Remedy Organics make up part of the impressive 10-company roster selected for the program so far. Read more at Forbes  …

 

Amazon and Whole Foods are offering these deals on Thanksgiving Turkeys

Starting on Wednesday, organic turkeys at Whole Foods will be selling for $3.49 a pound and no-antibiotic turkeys for $2.49 a pound. These prices go down even further for Amazon Prime customers, who can pay $2.99 a pound and $1.99 a pound respectively. Customers can also reserve turkeys ahead of time and receive more discounts should they pick up those turkeys in-store. Read more at Fortune …

 

Blue Apron lays off more workers

Meal delivery company Blue Apron hasn’t turned a profit since it first went public in 2017, and the company is now laying off 4 percent of its 2500-employee workforce to combat the continued loss in orders and revenue per customer. Insiders attribute the 28 percent decrease in revenue since last year’s period to reduced marketing during an overhaul of the business. Meal-kit companies at large are having a difficult time retaining customers; rival company HelloFresh SE’s shares have fallen about 11 percent this year. Read more at The Wall Street Journal …

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