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5@5: Retailers pump up produce departments | Chinese firms reportedly court GNC

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.

Supermarkets' best weapon against e-tailers: Produce

Recent surveys have found that people who don't grocery shop online most often say it's because they like to pick their own produce. So brick-and-mortar retailers are stepping up their game with improved lighting, a staff that's better trained to care for produce, and decor that's reminiscent of a farmers market. Read more at Wall Street Journal...


GNC reported to be courted by Chinese buyers

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that GNC has met with a range of Chinese buyers, including an investment firm and pharmaceutical companies. China is a growing market for supplements, as shoppers there become increasingly health conscious but skeptical of nutritional products made in the country. Read more at Benzinga...


Former VC raises $3.5M to launch Ritual, vitamin subscription startup aimed at women

Just-launched Ritual has one product—a multivitamin for women that includes omega-3s, iron, magnesium, B12 and more—that it's selling direct to consumer in the form of a monthly subscription. Read more at Forbes...


Cargill's food empire adapts to a changing world

"The food industry could have handled the non-GMO debate in a more constructive way," says the CEO of Cargill in this interview, which addresses GMOs, climate change and farmers. Read more at Wall Street Journal...


Chipotle eats itself

Post-food safety scare, the fast-casual chain lost nearly one-third of its restaurant sales. Here's how it's trying to lure skeptical customers back with a direct mail blitz, coupons, short films and more. Read more at Fast Company...

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