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5@5: Investors bet big on nutritional approach to fighting food allergies | Natural brands get on board with foodservice

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.

Biotech billionaire backs company geared at ending food allergies

Founders of 23andMe and Kind Snacks are a few of the investors that pumped $13.1 million into a just-launched company called Before Brands that is developing nutritional products to introduce potential allergens into kids' lives starting at age six months. The premise is based on research suggesting that children who are exposed to allergens like peanuts early in life are less likely to develop food allergies later. One of the cofounders of the company is the director of Stanford's new Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research. Read more at Forbes...


Startups are finding a powerful partner in this hidden corner of the food economy

Foodservice is "decidedly unsexy," in the words of Fortune, but more healthy food companies like Back to the Roots and Hampton Creek are finding it a crucial channel for scaling. Read more at Fortune...


4 ways the locavore movement is taking root in China

Following a slew of food safety scandals in recent years, it's not surprising that the Chinese food system is leaning more on local and organic foods via urban farms, trendy startups and CSAs. Read more at National Geographic...


Pukka Herbs doubles distribution capacity

To keep up with its 30 percent year-over-year growth, tea and herbal products company Pukka Herbs recently moved into a new warehouse in Bristol's Quadrant Industrial Estate that more than doubled its capacity. Read more at Fresh Produce Journal...


Ube is the natural ingredient that turns food perfectly purple

Confection companies and restaurants are finding use for ube, or purple yam, as a natural way to turn foods a vibrant purple color. Read more at Huffington Post...

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