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5@5: Mondelez updates snack portfolio | Survey finds challenges in feeding kids healthy food

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.

Mondelez overhauls snack line as deal talk rattles food industry 

Like many of its Big Food peers, Mondelez, maker of Oreo cookies and Cadbury chocolate, is rolling out a new line of products free from artificial ingredients and GMOs, as well as updating some existing product lines to appeal to millennials. Facing three straight years of declining sales, the company is under pressure to improve its performance. The new line of crackers and snack bars, called Vea, were developed by a "startup team" within the company. Read more at Bloomberg...


Only one-third of parents think they are doing a good job helping kids eat healthy foods

In a recent poll by C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, more than half of parents said their children eat mostly healthy, but only one-third feel confident they're doing a good job of shaping their children's eating habits. Common challenges? Price, convenience, and picky kids. Meanwhile, almost one in five parents said they don't think it's important to limit junk food. Read more at Science Daily...


Pea-based milk brand Ripple creates 8-bit game to prove its superiority over the likes of almond milk

Amid the dairy industry's attack on plant-based milks via the Dairy Pride Act, Ripple worked with VMG Creative on a clever game that helps consumers understand its benefits and brings some "humor and silliness" to the issue, according to cofounder and co-CEO Adam Lowry. Read more at The Drum...


How a climate-friendly flour company build a flourishing market

Portland, Oregon company Shepherd's Grain sources wheat directly from farmers who practice no-till, a farming method that cuts back on carbon releases caused by plowing. The company turns that wheat into flour, which it sells to bakeries, restaurants and markets in the region, as well as to a few major national brands. It's been so successful, the cofounders say, because among its key propositions are helping to save family farms and creating direct relationships with customers. Read more at Grist...


Tour the very first Nic's Organic Fast Food in Chicago's suburbs

Set to open later this month in Rolling Meadows, Nic's will have a fully organic menu, a cartoony mascot and a drive thru. See photos at Eater Chicago...

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