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Naked Juice labeling lawsuit

5@5: Lawsuit leads to label changes for Naked Juice | From college student to food startup founder

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.

PepsiCo to revise labels on Naked Juice drinks following lawsuit

"The seriousness with which Naked heard our concerns, and the good faith they brought to our negotiations, is delivering truly positive benefits for consumers," says Maia Kats, litigation director for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which filed a class-action lawsuit against the PepsiCo subsidiary in October. In a settlement, Naked agreed to tweak its packaging to take the emphasis off veggies, which are not the primary ingredient in its juices. It will also make its disclosure of what's in the bottle more prominent and downplay its "no sugar added" claim. Read more at Consumerist...


Duke grad who grew up without healthy options starts food company

Rebecca Holmes grew up eating food from soup kitchens and from the McDonald's dollar menu. She went on to earn scholarships to attend Duke University, where she started to develop an interest in exercise and dieting. Two years ago, she founded Ello Raw, a budding food business that sells vegan dessert bites made with raw and organic ingredients. Read more at The News & Observer...


This Thai company makes food packaging out of bamboo to cut down on trash

Universal Biopack uses cassava and leftover bamboo from chopstick manufacturing to make biodegradable food packaging for restaurants and manufacturers. It's using technology from Bangkok University that took five years to develop, and hopes to replace many of the Styrofoam boxes and plastic bags that fill the landfill with its zero-waste packaging. Read more at CNN Money...


Supplement seller GNC perks up after interim CEO buys shares

After reaching record low levels on Thursday, struggling supplement maker GNC's stock jumped when interim CEO Robert Moran bought nearly 600,000 shares, which investors sometimes interpret as a positive sign. Read more at Reuters...


Cottage food industry may get boost from bill

A bill introduced in California last week would allow home cooks to sell hot, prepared foods directly to customers. Currently under California law, home cooks cannot sell certain kinds of baked goods, snacks and candies made in their home kitchens. Read more at San Francisco Chronicle...

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