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5@5: Black Lives Matter activists to boycott Whole Foods | Uber acquires Postmates

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.

Calls for Whole Foods boycott grow after employees wearing BLM masks are sent home

Seven Whole Foods employees walked off the job June 25 after they were turned away for wearing Black Lives Matter face masks. Critics say that there should be "no safe place for racism" in corporate America and 40 people protested outside of the Cambridge, Massachusetts, location on July 5. Read more at The New York Post

 

Uber acquires Postmates, merging two of the biggest delivery companies

Uber has acquired Postmates for $2.65 billion, making it the country's second-largest delivery behemoth. While Uber laid off 6,000 employees in May, its Eats business grew 54% year-over-year in April as consumers continue eating at home. Read more at Eater

 

USDA axes food box contracts with San Antonio event company and other controversial distributors

For the second round of its Farm to Families Food Box Program, USDA got rid of several contracts with companies that had previously garnered negative media criticism and criticism from food banks. The program is expected to deliver $3 billion in fresh food boxes over the two contract periods, despite falling short of expectations in the first contract period. Read more at The Counter

 

SBA and Treasury release names of PPP loan recipients

In an effort to answer the calls for transparency that have dogged the Payment Protection Program these past few months, the Small Business Administration and U.S. Department of Treasury released detailed information on almost 5 million PPP grantees. Minority and female-owned businesses are notably underrepresented in the list, and the SBA's own language about the disclosures is convoluted. Read more at Entrepreneur

 

Stark racial disparities emerge as families struggle to get enough food

Black and Hispanic households are twice as likely to struggle to feed their families amid the coronavirus pandemic according to new research from Northwestern University. The percentage of food insecure families has surged, however, across all groups; it is already much higher than it was during the lowest points of the Great Recession. Read more at Politico

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