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5@5: Danone sells Stonyfield to close on WhiteWave | Panera posts sugar content on beverages

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.

Danone to sell Stonyfield brand to win U.S. OK for WhiteWave

With the sale of Stonyfield — and thus, the approval of the U.S. Department of Justice—Danone can close on its purchase of White Wave. The new brand, which sells several popular soy- and plant-based dairy products, will allow Paris, France-based Danone to offer “a full spectrum of better-for-you” choices, CEO Emmanuel Faber said. Read more at Bloomberg…


Soda or bear claw? Panera to post added sugar in drinks it sells

Panera Bread found and CEO Ron Shaich wants his company’s customers to know how much sugar they are drinking. One of the company’s chocolate chip cookies has less sugar than a 20-ounce serving of Pepsi, he says. So the company will be the first, apparently, to label its beverages with the amount of added sugar. Read more in The New York Times …


Why Trump's antitrust pick is great news for pesticide companies

Makan Delrahim, President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Department of Justice’s antitrust division, has spent nearly 30 years working for large corporations and government agencies that oversee merger policy. Delrahim’s appointment likely would make the executives at Dow and DuPont, and Bayer and Monsanto very happy. Read more in Mother Jones …


A land trust asks farmers to change their ways

A nonprofit, the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust is helping young and new farmers purchase property in the state, which has the second-highest land values in the country. The trust, founded in 2014, requires landowners to work toward sustainable certification such as USDA Organic or Certified Naturally Grown. Read more in Civil Eats …  


Republican skeptics call climate change hearing that massively backfires

U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith—known for his skepticism of climate change and disregard of the scientists who support the theory—was likely surprised when a climate science policy writer called for a carbon tax to support climate-related research. Read more at the Independent …

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