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5@5: Fake butter's renaissance | Mattress company Casper enters CBD market

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.

The push to make fake butter cool (again)

Butter alternatives have long fought an image issue since its inception as “a cheap butter alternative for the navy and the lower class” in mid-1800s France. But now longtime margarine brands such as Country Crock are taking advantage of the plant-based movement and revamping their classic dairy-free offerings with better marketing tactics and a flavor profile that’s closer to the real thing. Read more at Vice

How a Casper executive’s sleep issues led the billion-dollar bed start-up into the CBD gummies market

Mattress company Casper, which has been valued at $1 billion, is launching its private-label line of CBD-infused gummies this week. The company’s co-founder and CEO Neil Parikh has been a devoted CBD user for years, and under his direction Casper has long been examining the right moment to step into the category. Read more at CNBC

The Body Shop gets greener with refillable shower gel and activism zone

The Body Shop is returning to its environmental activist roots and emphasis on the empowerment of women and girls with its newly revamped London location. The concept store offers shoppers the ability to refill shower gel bottles (with plans to expand the refill station to encompass other products in the future), purchase products largely made from upcycled materials and encourage shoppers to become a part of a collective of local campaigners. Read more at The Guardian

Cutting health care of 1,900 Whole Foods workers saved Bezos 6 hours pay

Jeff Bezos cut health benefits for part-time workers at Whole Foods on September 13, and a recent analysis showed that the decision saved the richest man in the world a mere six hours’ worth of pay. One presidential candidate called the move “shameful” in addition to pointing out that Amazon currently pays nothing in taxes. Read more at TruthOut

Fairway Market is for sale again in sector beset by price wars

Fairway Market has been put up for sale a mere three years after the New York City-based natural retailer reopened under new leadership. Fairway is under an increasing amount of pressure from expanding retailers such as Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and online delivery services. Read more at Bloomberg

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