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CBD Warning Letters Hinder Industry

5@5: Massachusetts outlaws CBD | Walmart kickstarts $1T driverless delivery market

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.

Massachusetts cracks down on CBD, roiling the emerging hemp industry

Massachusetts regulators are officially outlawing the sale of any products containing hemp CBD. Once a fairly unregulated market, new guidance released last week restricts the sale of hemp products within the state to nine products including “hemp seeds, hemp seed oil (which contains no CBD), clothing, building material, or items made from hemp fiber." Read more at Boston Business Journal; this article is behind a paywall …

Walmart’s kickstarting a $1T driverless delivery market

Walmart is turning to “goods-moving robo-vans” to help cut down on transportation costs. These driverless vehicles will travel on fixed routes and move them from warehouse to warehouse in order to get closer to consumers—but not all the way to their doorsteps. Read more at Bloomberg …

Research: Actually, consumers do buy sustainable products

50% of CPG growth from 2013 to 2018 came from products that marketed themselves as sustainable, proving that consumers actually do care about respective carbon footprints of the products they purchase. CPG brands need to begin making the pivot toward sustainability—and fast—but that means investors and corporate leadership need to support these investments and shut down claims that such efforts are unnoticed by consumers. Read more at Harvard Business Review …

Tasty deals: Apps help find unsold food and reduce waste

A European app called “Too Good to Go” uses a phone’s GPS to determine which registered businesses nearby have extra food for sale that would otherwise be going to landfill. Technology is being increasingly used to prevent food waste as statistics show a third of all food produced globally is dumped; the emissions that come from both food production and burning the wasted food are responsible for a significant amount of greenhouse gases. Read more at Reuters …

Fish and chips could be off the menu by 2050 because of climate change

Larger marine species will likely be wiped out by 2050 should rising temperatures continue to deplete oxygen levels in the oceans. Antarctic marine invertebrates and fish will be particularly vulnerable to climate change, and many more will have to either physically shrink in order to survive or face extinction. Read more at The New York Post …

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