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5@5: Hard times for Big Food | A unified voice for organic farmers

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.

Unpacking Big Food's big dilemma

Many of Big Food's efforts to update their portfolios for consumers seeking fresher, better-for-you foods have yet to bear fruit. And as many companies face sales losses, they're trying to trim expenses and outline new priorities for growth. Some are also pursuing mergers. Here's a look at what one snack food CEO calls "one of the most volatile and uncertain [environments] that I've seen in my 35 years in the industry." Read more at Fortune...


New national group to provide organic farmers' voice unveiled at MOSES

The Organic Farmers Association is a new organization formed to serve as a "clear, unified voice" for organic farmers in Washington. It was launched in September in partnership with the Rodale Institute's Organic Farmers Association, and although organizations and supporters can join, only farmers will be able to vote on policies and other issues. Read more at La Crosse Tribune...


Idaho sugar industry plans a response to GMO critics

As some food manufacturers continue to phase out GMOs, sugar beet farmers, who have depended on genetically modified seeds, are left asking whether it's worth growing sugar beets at all. With the hope of countering some of the negative feelings around GMO products, Amalgamated Sugar is planning a $30 million-a-year media campaign about the science behind GMOs. Read more at Idaho Business Review...


Thistle launches meal kits to make nutritious baby food at home

The food delivery startup launched a new product—meal kits for parents who want to make their own baby food. The vacuum-sealed bags contain organic ingredients that parents open up, steam and puree, then add spices to their kids' liking. Read more at Tech Crunch...


5 things to know about Gwyneth Paltrow's new restaurant, 3 Green Hearts

The pop-up-turned-cafe opened in Manhattan, and another is on the way—meal delivery and selfie room and all. Read more at Eater New York...

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