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5@5: Stonyfield cuts back on sugar | For less waste, do we need to rethink 'fresh'?

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.

Stonyfield gives its yogurt a makeover

The organic yogurt maker is cutting back on added sugar across its portfolio, with the goal of purchasing 25 percent less sugar this year. It's an effort that's been underway for a while, the company says, but the challenge has been maintaining taste. To do that, it's started using cultures that don't produce as much lactic acid so not as much sugar is needed. The shift in consumer attitudes about full-fat milk has helped the cause, too. Read more at Fortune...


We think fresh is best. But to fight food waste, we need to think again

Consumers want fresh, but with each step of getting fresh food from farm to fork comes the potential for waste. Some experts say freezing and canning produce can cut back on waste, both at the supply chain and consumer levels. It also removes aesthetics from the consumer purchasing equation. Read more at The Washington Post...


Rising demand for organic, non-GMO grains outpaces U.S. production

Domestic production of non-GMO crops has risen, but organic corn and soybeans still aren't meeting demand. Imports of organic grains from India, the Ukraine, Romania and Turkey surged in 2016, according to a new report from CoBank, and more than three-fourths of organic soybeans in the U.S. are imported. Read more at Feedstuffs...


Vita Coco to near $1 billion in sales as potential buyers circle

The world's largest coconut water brand is ripe for acquisition, with its impressive growth and use of a trendy ingredient to push into new categories. CEO Michael Kirban said he expects to eventually sell to a strategic buyer, but an IPO isn't entirely out of the question either. Read more at Bloomberg...


FarmDrive raises funding to help Africa's smallholder farmers get finance with credit scoring algorithm

A Kenyan data analytics startup has received investment to help smallholder farms access credit from local banks by using farmers' revenue and expenses data as well as other data to generate credit scores. Read more at AgFunder News...

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