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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.

Amazon is turning some Whole Foods Markets into 'dark stores'

Amazon is hoping to meet more of the current online grocery shopping demand by shutting off some of its Whole Foods Market stores to the public and having them function solely as fulfillment centers. Several other big-box retail chains have made similar moves as social distancing efforts continue to affect business hours and customer capacity. Read more at The Motley Fool


Supermarkets adjust meat sections as coronavirus cuts supply

Following several major meat plant shutdowns, retailers have had to limit the variety of cuts available to shoppers. This does not bode well, as consumer demand for meat has jumped significantly since the pandemic began, and fresh meat may become even more scarce as the virus spreads among processing-plant workers. Read more at The Wall Street Journal


OpenTable will allow people to reserve shopping times at supermarkets

OpenTable's latest feature allows users to reserve time slots to shop at partnered supermarkets and other essential businesses. The tool could help reduce overcrowding, which increases the probability of spreading the virus, and keep employees from having to. Read more at The Verge


Whole Foods staff protest against conditions as coronavirus cases rise

Whole Foods workers are planning another "sickout" for May 1 as more of the chain's workers fall victim to the novel coronavirus, and many employees say that Amazon is doing too little to curb the spread of the virus. Even though tests are extremely limited nationwide, Amazon allegedly will not grant workers with COVID-19 symptoms two weeks of leave unless they have a confirmed positive diagnosis. Read more at The Guardian


More than half of retail and grocery workers can't take paid sick leave

Research from the University of California shows that the majority of essential workers keeping Americans fed are unable to take a paid day off from work when they feel sick. Although Congress rushed to expand paid sick leave in March, employers with 500 or more employees are exempted from this new law. Read more at CNN…  

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