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5@5: Amazon initiates brick-and-mortar grocery plan | Dog owners pay 3 times more for organic, vegan pet food

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 store plan moves ahead with Los Angeles leases

Amazon is apparently making good on its plan to operate a slew of brick-and-mortar grocery stores in cities nationwide after signing “more than a dozen leases” in the Los Angeles area. The locations it is considering are by and large in “strip centers and open-air shopping centers and would occupy about 20,000 to 40,000 square feet." Read more at The Wall Street Journal

Dog owners paying 300% more for organic, vegan dog food

A new study shows that dog owners are willing to pay 300% more for healthier, premium dog food. The current top brands draw in consumers by offering product lines that target specific diets for pets that oftentimes mimic those of their owners—at a significant price hike. Read more at WWJ News Radio

No need to cut back on red meat? Controversial new ‘guidelines’ lead to outrage

Nutritionists are “outraged and bewildered” following a new recommendation that an influential medical journal recently published—with little to no contribution from nutrition experts. The panel of scientists reported that there is no need for adults to cut back on processed meat consumption, in spite of decades of evidence that those who consume less red and processed meats have lower rates of heart disease and death from several cancers. Read more at NPR

The FDA tried to ban flavors years before the vaping outbreak. Top Obama officials rejected the plan

The Food and Drug Administration attempted to push kid-friendly vaping liquids off store shelves four years ago but were barred by senior Obama administration officials who argued that the economic burden on vape shops would outweigh the potential health benefits of the ban. Now, scientists expect over 1.5 million years of human life to be lost from the explosion in nicotine addiction that has grown among America’s youth. Read more at L.A. Times

Banana milk joins the dairy wars

Is banana milk the new oat milk? The dairy- and nut-free beverage is growing in popularity among consumers because it’s free of the top eight allergens and for the natural sweetness that the bananas impart on the finished product. Read more at Forbes

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