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In this session at Natural Products Expo West 2018, three industry insiders reveal the what, why and how of transparency, along with compelling consumer research and special issues to consider in the somewhat tricky world of supplements.
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.

How these startups are waging a war on food waste

Many companies are taking different avenues to address the $218 billion food waste problem. Some are making smart packaging that uses sensors to detect or communicate when food is going bad. Others, like Apeel and BluWrap, work to extend the shelf life of food. Some, like Renewal Mill and ReGrained, take a reactive approach, finding new uses for food production byproducts. Yet others work to prevent waste in the first place, like Loliware, which is making seaweed-based, edible eating and drinking utensils. Read more at Boss Magazine…


ADM expands portfolio with $243 million acquisition of UK probiotics company

Food processing and ingredient company Archer Daniels Midland Co. will acquire U.K.-based probiotics maker Probiotics International Ltd., known under its umbrella brand Protexin. “We took a major step in this area last year with the addition of Biopolis, and then added to our capabilities with our personalized nutrition collaboration with Mayo Clinic, our joint development agreement with Vland Biotech, and our new enzyme lab in California," said ADM Health & Wellness President Vikram Luthar. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter. Read more at Herald & Review…


Don’t overlook private brand opportunities in natural frozen

Frozen food products with organic, free-from and functional claims grew 16.6 percent last year, versus 1.5 percent for the entire frozen category, according to SPINS. Top-performing categories include plant-based entrees, gluten-free pizza and crust, and products with added prebiotics. Read more at Store Brands…


Iowa college rivals unite to unleash eco-conscious energy bars at Ankeny Hy-Vee store

Unwrapp’d Energy Bar Dough is a two-year old, eco-friendly DIY nutrition bar company that makes refrigerated protein bar doughs in recyclable tubs, rather than individually wrapped in plastic or foil. "The technology for packaging nutrition bars with eco-friendly packaging does not exist,” says founder and CEO Tom Miner. Eventually, the founders hope to enable people to return the tubs to them to be refilled instead of recycled. Their doughs are made from dates, nuts, seeds and coconut flour, without added sugars or eggs. Read more at Des Moines Register…


Smucker partners with Columbus firm to identify innovative startups

The food company has tapped Rev1 Ventures, an accelerator and venture capital fund, to align more closely with companies that are transforming ingredient and process technology, snacking, commodity and supply chain. Read more at Crain’s Cleveland Business…

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