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5@5: Indiana House votes to legalize CBD | Wild Zora buys Paleo Meals to Go

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.

Indiana House unanimously agrees to legalize CBD oil

Indiana, which has become ground zero in the battle for CBD legitimacy, got one step closer to legal clarity as the House voted 93-0 to legalize the ingredient for general consumer use. The bill now moves to the state Senate, where a similar measure is pending. In November, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill Jr. declared that CBD is not a legal ingredient and could be seized by authorities at any time. But Gov. Eric Holcomb said that state excise police would only give stores warnings until the General Assembly was able to pass clarifying legislation. Read more at Journal Review…

 

Wild Zora Foods LLC acquires Paleo Meals to Go

Colorado-based meat and veggie bar maker Wild Zora is expanding into freeze-dried meals with the acquisition of Paleo Meals to Go. It will bring production of the company’s meals in-house and modify the recipes to use only grass-fed and sustainably raised meat and organic fruits and vegetables. “Under our previous manufacturing model, we couldn’t produce affordable products with organic and sustainably-raised, grass-fed beef, and the only thing available on the market was conventional meat, so we used only conventionally-grown and raised products,” said Paleo Meals to Go co-founder Dawn Anderson. Read more at Wild Zora…

 

Clif Bar & Co. and King Arthur Flour announce $1.5 million organic endowment for Washington State University’s Bread Lab

The two companies, plus nine individuals and two other organizations, are funding an organic grain breeding project at Washington State’s College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences. The Bread Lab is developing new varieties of wheat and barley that enrich the soil and produce grain favored by local millers and maltsters. Read more at L.A. Biz…

 

Organic dairy farms also feeling pinch of low milk prices

There’s an oversupply of milk all around—in both the conventional and organic markets. But unlike conventional dairy producers, organic ones typically work under yearly contracts with a base price that provide some stability. "A lot of our small-scale farms that went organic would not be in business today had they not gone organic," said Bob Parsons, extension economist at University of Vermont. Read more at Vermont Public Radio…

 

Barnana brings the first organic ridged plantain chip to market – made from imperfect plantains

A salty snack made with upcycled ingredients and packaged in a bright, technicolor bag …what’s not to love? Barnana expands its snack offerings with new ridged plantain chips that are certified organic, paleo and fried in coconut oil. The company is working with indigenous farmers in the Amazon to source the plantains. Read more at Potato Pro…

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