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Chameleon Cold-Brew Austinbased Chameleon ColdBrewrsquos 100 percent organic fair trade coldbrew coffee has a presence in retail stores in all 50 states in the US Cofounder Chris Campbell told New Hope last year that the company was expecting ldquoexplosive growthrdquo and that seems to have been the case as it landed in the 140 spot on Incrsquos list
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.

Amazon is shutting down its Fresh grocery delivery service in parts of at least nine states

Amazon Fresh customers in several states on the East Coast have reported receiving notices from Amazon that grocery delivery services were ending in their neighborhood. A company rep told Recode that Fresh would continue serving certain areas of big cities like Boston, Chicago and New York. Many industry watchers have posited that the challenges Amazon faced in expanding its Fresh program were an impetus for its acquisition of Whole Foods. Read more at Recode…


Nestle buys Chameleon Cold-Brew coffee business

Just one month after taking a majority stake in Blue Bottle Coffee, Nestle adds to its coffee portfolio by buying what it says is the No. 1 organic cold-brew coffee brand in the U.S. Chameleon makes a range of coffee concentrates, RTD beverages and cold-brew kits.  Nestle, which also owns the Nescafe and Nespresso brands, faces competition from JAB Holding, a private equity company that acquired Keurig and Stumptown and is rumored to be interested in Dunkin Brands. Read more at Reuters…


Natural personal care proves to be good business for Clorox

Clorox’s lifestyle segment saw 4 percent growth in the company’s Q1, “driven by double-digit volume gains in the Burt’s Bees Natural Personal Care business, reflecting the launch of natural cosmetics as well as expanded club channel distribution of lip care products,” according to the company. Read more at Cosmetics Design…


GMO apples head to the Midwest

The first crop of GMO Arctic apples will be distributed from Washington orchards, where about 280 acres of trees are planted, to grocery stores in the Midwest this month. The apples take longer to brown when exposed to air. Read more at Bloomberg…


Organic seed sales increasing; challenges remain

Organic farmers’ use of organic seeds jumped 31 percent from 2011 to 2013, according to research from the Organic Seed Alliance.  But only about one-quarter or organic farmers use entirely organic seeds. Challenges to adoption include limited research funding and the need for more skilled organic seed producers. Read more at Lancaster Farming…


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