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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's grocery threat could ramp up food M&A

Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods is expected to hurt brick-and-mortar grocers who, in turn, will likely seek greater concessions from suppliers. If Big Food and other suppliers see their profit margins drops, expect them to make their own acquisitions to generate revenue and consolidate expenses. Read more at Bloomberg …

Healthy baby food packaging is hurting the environment

The latest trend in baby food—single-serve pouches offering convenience for parents—is an environmental nightmare on par with Keurig coffee cups. The non-recyclable, non-reusable plastic pouches are loading up landfills and overflowing the oceans. Read more in The Daily Meal …

Lab-made meat, poultry get big funding boost from big food

Memphis Meats, which recently received a big funding boost, grows animal cells into real meat that doesn’t have to be slaughtered. What will this mean for ranchers, dairy farmers and the future of food? Read more at Food Safety News …

Tyson Foods, Kansas officials answer town’s fears about secrecy, immigrants and chickens

A tiny town northeast of Lawrence, Kansas, is preparing for an earthquake: Tyson Foods recently announced it plans to build a $320 million processing plant just south of the community. Residents are concerned about the development’s effects on their schools, the area’s air and water quality, the town’s ambience and character, and especially the influx of poultry producers Tyson will need. Read more at The Kansas City Star …

This once-obscure fruit is on its way to becoming pawpaw-pawpular

It’s native to North America. It’s the size of a mango and looks like a green potato. It’s squishy and sweet, but people describe the taste of its creamy insides differently. It’s the pawpaw, and this Westminster, Maryland, family grows an orchard of the fruit that online gourmet stores advertise as delicacies. Read more at NPR …

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