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5@5: Amazon's Alexa expands into food service | USA 'drowning' in milk surplus

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 has invested in its first restaurant operations startup, and it could reveal the future of Alexa

Amazon is taking Alexa out of the house and into the frying pan. The restaurant industry appears to be Amazon’s newest target after the company announced today that it had invested in SevenRooms, a hospitality startup focusing on restaurant software. The voice-assistant technology will soon be able to do everything from reserving a table to remembering such things as personal wine preferences and allergies. Read more at Business Insider ...

 

America is drowning in milk nobody wants

Greek yogurt is now facing the same gradual decline in public interest that has plagued the dairy industry at large for the last decade, with milk being produced at a rate far higher than that of consumption. Not only is this generating excess waste, but dairy farmers are “free-market guys,” so limiting supply isn’t a viable option at this point. Read more at Bloomberg 

 

Cottonseed hummus, anyone? Texas A&M researchers win USDA approval, hope to help feed the world with cotton

The cotton plant produces around 1.3 pounds worth of seeds for every pound of the typically used fiber, but these seeds have been underutilized in recent history. The FDA, however, has recently approved a process by which farmers can extract the cottonseed oil and use this protein-rich liquid in everything from poultry feed to cottonseed nut butters and performance drinks. Read more at San Antonio Express-News  …

 

Facebook will now allow verified cannabis and marijuana searches

Retailers who were once barred from advertising products derived from the cannabis plant on social media are now welcome to host ads and have their stores “verified” on Facebook. The news arrived on the heels of the recent legalization of marijuana in Canada and will allow cannabis-related products and establishments to be visible when searched for on the web. Read more at Digital Journal …

 

Pilotworks food incubator closes suddenly, leaves 175 companies kitchenless

Shared commercial kitchen spaces, AKA “food incubators,” have allowed food entrepreneurs in recent years to take risks and demonstrate their culinary skills in saturated areas where renting out a full kitchen can come with a daunting price tag. Brooklyn-based food incubator giant Pilotworks, however, has shut its doors on its 175 member-companies. CBD-focused Pilotworks member David Roa stated that the company did not invest its money in the Brooklyn location, and chose instead to open additional ones. Read more at New Food Economy …

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