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5@5: Kraft-Heinz merger falters | Cannabis company to plant 17,000 acres of hemp in China

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 Kraft-Heinz merger falters

The 2015 mega-merger between Kraft and Heinz has led to a crisis in terms of sales and profits, with some analysts citing consumers’ desire for healthier, organic food as a main driver. The company has also been criticized by shareholders for falling behind the market for plant-based meat and not investing enough in research and development to compete with start-ups. Read more at The New York Times

Canadian cannabis company planning to grow 17,000 acres of hemp in China

Toronto-based marijuana producer Pure Global Cannabis today announced that it had signed an agreement to plant 17,000 acres of hemp in the Yunnan province of China. The CBD products harvested from this hemp “will be exported from China to other Asian markets and countries where CBD products are legal." Read more at Hemp Industry Daily

Kind pulls its fruit snacks, but begins a fight against synthetic dye

Kind is pulling its relatively new line of fruit snacks from store shelves because of poor sales, but the brand is taking this lack of consumer interest as an indication that Americans have become too used to “extra sweet and artificially colored foods.” In fact, 95% of the fruit snack category uses synthetic dyes, which has led Kind to plan an illuminating “stunt warning” about the dangers and ubiquity of food dyes in New York’s Herald Square. Read more at Fast Company

Can Big Ag be part of the climate solution?

For more conventional farmers to make the switch to eco-friendly agriculture practices—such as regenerative agriculture—there needs to be more financial incentives. And this switch is necessary as we face down the increasingly dire prospects for the global food system coupled with a growing population. Read more at Civil Eats

Critics worry about food safety as federal meat inspectors face work overload, burnout

Federal meat inspectors are overloaded with work, which has made the acceptable level of oversight of for meat processing in the U.S. “all but impossible.” And when consumer safety inspectors don’t have the bandwidth to visit plants in person, companies tend to cut corners in terms of safety rules, occasionally leading unsafe meat and poultry products to reach consumers. Read more at New Food Economy

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