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5@5: Brands commit to sourcing more sustainable cotton | 'Pink slime' trial set to start

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.

13 firms set 2025 deadline to source 100% sustainable cotton

A group of retailers and brands have committed to improving the cotton supply chain and bringing sustainable cotton mainstream. The Prince of Wales's International Sustainability Unit, in collaboration with Marks & Spencer and the Soil Association, have organized a pledge encouraging companies to use sustainable cotton that is certified organic or fair trade, or part of the Better Cotton Initiative, with the belief that improving the cotton supply chain could impact some of the world's poorest farmers and be beneficial for the environment. H&M, IKEA and Nike are some of the brands on board. Read more at Ethical Corporation...


'Pink slime' trial begins, but it's the news media under the microscope

A lawsuit filed back in 2012 is about to come to trial. ABC News will be defending itself against a defamation lawsuit filed by Beef Products Inc., maker of the ground beef product dubbed "pink slime." The company alleged that ABC intentionally published "nearly 200 false, misleading and defamatory statements" regarding its "lean finely textured beef" product, and that the negative attention cost it business. Read more at NPR...


This is why you're seeing more purple at the supermarket

From beets to potatoes to corn, purple-hued varieties of ingredients are finding their way into more packaged products on the grocery shelf. Read more at LA Times...


Patience pays off for the founder of an organic juice company on a mission

When people kept mistaking her newly launched canned organic juices for energy drinks, Amy Barnouw knew she had a problem. So she made the tough decision to go back to the drawing board and rework the packaging. Now the Planet Fuel products are back on shelves in new cans that showcase the brand's clean ingredients and its mission to protect the environment. Barouw and her husband also started the Planet Fuel Charitable Fund, which awards grants to nonprofits that support the environment and supports a local film series featuring environmental documentaries. Read more at Forbes...


Millennials and small business go well together, study says

The most entrepreneurial generation ever? A new study by America's SBDC found that Americans born between 1980 and 2000 have more desire to start their own companies than previous generations. But the're less likely to know where to turn for help. Read more at USA Today...

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