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5@5: Amazon Go insights | Food hubs find traction with farmers and buyers

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 Go execs share insights into shopper behavior

In case you’re wondering how things are going at the first Amazon Go store that opened in January in Seattle, here's a little bit of insight: chicken sandwiches are the best-selling item so far, and the company is using real-time customer feedback it gathers through its app to guide what it stocks. Amazon execs shared insights from the new store at the retail industry event Shoptalk that’s happening this week. They said other particularly popular items include meal kits and fresh fruit. Read more at US News and Reports…

 

SC Food Hub Network is helping to grow local food producers, consumers throughout the state

A growing number of food hubs and networks, like the South Carolina Food Hub Network profiled here, are connecting farmers with food businesses in their area to help build local food economies and provide more local food options to consumers. By purchasing products from farmers and then selling them to wholesale consumers, food hubs can help restaurants streamline and navigate the challenges of sourcing locally and also help farmers make a living. Read more at Greenville News…

 

Experts say health food stores are on the rise in Hawaii

Natural grocers like Down to Earth and Whole Foods Market are opening new locations on the island. Down to Earth’s owners attribute growth to a continually increasing demand for natural and organic products. Read more at khon 2…

 

50-year-old meat business goes vegan with plant-based jerky line

A Canadian company that’s been in the salami business for decades is branching out into the plant-based food space with a new line of jerky made from non-GMO tempeh. Urbani Foods says it’s applying its extensive meat drying knowledge to the new brand, called Noble Jerky. Read more at Live Kindly…

 

Heinz packaging of Little Kids Shredz food product deemed misleading by federal court

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission last year launched legal action against Heinz, claiming that the company was misleading consumers with false claims about its line of fruit pastes, purees and concentrate. Particularly in question was a claim that the products contain “99% fruit and veg,” despite being 60 percent sugar. A judge sided with the commission that the packaging falsely implied that the products were beneficial to toddlers, but dismissed other claims in the lawsuit. Read more at ABC News Australia…

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