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5@5: Pandemic drives Unilever sales | Impossible Milk? | Food shortages are back

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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.

Pandemic buying patterns drive Unilever sales in North America

Unilever revealed new data showing that U.S. shoppers are still stockpiling its hand sanitizers, ice creams and condiments as the country continues to grapple with COVID-19 outbreaks. At-home cooking was a major reason for the uptick in food product sales, but the company noted its personal care companies besides soap and hand sanitizer are seeing a sustained slump that can be attributed to consumers' staying away from social gatherings. Learn more at The Wall Street Journal ...

Impossible Milk could be coming to your cereal bowl

Impossible Foods is taking on the gargantuan task of manufacturing a milk alternative that acts and tastes indistinguishable from the real thing. Impossible's current prototype mixes seamlessly with coffee (a feat many plant-based milks on the market can't boast) and is soy based, but details on when and where the product will hit shelves remain scarce. CNN has the dairy-free scoop.

Food shortages are coming back

Retailers and brands, take note: Baking supplies, canned soups, soda, snacks and Spam are going to be prized possessions over the next few months. These hard-to-find items indicate the sustained need for easy, shelf-stable meals and comfort-inducing snacks as shoppers continue to avoid eating out. Head to The Takeout to read all about it.

Most US farmers remain loyal to Trump administration despite pain from trade wars and COVID-19

Despite recent natural disasters, the trade war with China and the substantial losses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, America's farmers still overwhelmingly support President Donald Trump's policies. One reason for this is the generous farmer subsidies doled out by his administration, and some farmers shared concerns regarding "the broader perceived threat of China over issues like the trade deficit and cyber espionage." The Counter has additional survey results.

Burger King's reusable packaging is about to revolutionize fast food

Burger King announced it will be partnering with TerraCycle subsidiary Loop to bring a reusable packaging option to all of its restaurants across the U.S. and Canada by 2025. Last month, McDonald's U.K. revealed plans to implement a reusable cup system for hot drinks starting in 2021, also through Loop. If these trials are successful, it goes without saying that it would be groundbreaking for the wasteful world of fast food. Find out more at Green Matters ...

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