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5@5: Proposal would cut $4.7B from USDA budget | NCAA teams hone in on nutrition

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.

Trump seeks $4.7 billion in cuts to USDA discretionary spending

President Trump’s budget proposal would slash USDA funding by 21 percent in 'discretionary' areas including food safety, conservation and international food aid, according to The Washington Post. The cuts wouldn’t affect mandatory spending programs like food stamps or crop subsidies for farmers. Read more at The Washington Post…


More smoothies, less soda as college athletic departments focus on nutrition

The influence of nutrition in college basketball is growing. Under recently revised rules, NCAA teams can now supply unlimited meals and snacks to athletes, and many programs have hired nutritionists and dietitians to help make sure players are getting the nutrients they need. Read more at The New York Times…


Four trends transforming the grocery sector

The rise of the 'grocerant,' technology, meal kits and more stores opening are changing the way that consumers shop. Read more at The Shelby Report...


Memphis Meats introduced lab-cultured chicken and duck meat

At a dinner event earlier this week, Memphis Meats showed off duck and chicken meat that it grew in a lab by culturing animal muscle cells. Founded by Uma Valeti in 2015, Memphis Meats has so far raised $3 million in funding to develop the process. Read more at SF Gate…


How Vega aims to revolutionize the coffee supply chain

Vega Coffee gives small-scale farmers training and equipment to roast and package their coffee into a high-end product. Customers can order the coffee online and receive their coffee directly within five days of roasting. Read more at Food Tech Connect…


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