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5@5: Target unveils chemical use & transparency policy | UC Berkeley challenges students to develop new meat substitutes

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.

Target tightens grip over chemicals in bid to make goods safer

The asking for more transparency from its suppliers with a new policy that will require companies to list ingredients and remove some controversial chemicals like phthalates from beauty and household products, and perfluorinated chemicals and flame retardants from textiles. In 2015, Target began encouraging its suppliers to list ingredients and certain chemicals, but the new policy pushes for full ingredient disclosure by 2020 in beauty, baby, personal care and cleaning goods products. Target also plans to invest up to $5 million on developing products through green chemistry. Read more at Bloomberg...


Meat substitutes are on the curriculum at UC Berkeley

In a class at the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology called "Plant-Based Meat Challenge Lab," teams of students are working to develop business plans for the next big meat substitute with help from the Good Food Institute. Read more at San Francisco Chronicle...


10 powerful questions I asked before launching Zico

Mark Rampolla, founder and former CEO of Zico Beverages, shares the personal and market screens he applied to his idea before starting the company. Read more at Conscious Company Media...


This chocolate collective is giving families hope in the Amazon Rainforest

What started in 1997 as a collective of less than 50 families has grown into a chocolate collective owned by more then 850 cacao-producing families in the Amazon Rainforest. Called Kallari, the collective allows farmers to receive 20 to 60 percent more for their cacao. Read more at Munchies...


Abbott Labs profit rises, nutrition business soft

Sales in the company's nutrition segment—its largest segment—fell 3.7 percent. Read more at MarketWatch...

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