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5@5: Teens trying to save coffee industry | A lesson in vertical farming?

5@5: Teens trying to save coffee industry | A lesson in vertical farming?

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.

Cultivating coffee’s next generation

Kids these days. Generaciones, a group of six teens and young adults whose parents grow coffee in Honduras, want to work in the coffee industry. But they know that climate change is hurting coffee growers and the age-old farming techniques won’t cut it anymore. Read more at Modern Farmer

Is Plantagon’s bankruptcy a cautionary tale for vertical-farming companies?

Vertical farming could be a $9.9 billion industry in just six years, but the recent bankruptcy of Stockholm, Sweden-based Plantagon could illustrate some problems. The company didn’t raise the funding it needed and, on the other end, had trouble selling its produce. Could its story help others in the industry succeed? Read more at The Spoon

Grocers brace for another blow from Amazon

As if lower prices and expanded delivery options weren’t enough Amazon-related challenges for grocers to deal with, the e-commerce, Whole Food Market-owning retail Goliath is taking aim at the high-margin world of beauty products. Yes, the company’s recently announced grocery stores—designed to be smaller than traditional supermarkets with price points lower than Whole Foods’—will offer cosmetics, skin-care and hair products. Read more at The Wall Street Journal

Investments give Suja Life flexibility to be innovative in crowded beverage industry

From its San Diego, California factory, Suja Life can make and bottle more than 1 million bottles of cold-pressed juice each week. Because it can develop and ship a new product in just eight weeks, the 6-year-old company can try a variety of mixtures—as reflected in its catalog of 95 available drinks. Read more at Forbes

MOM’s Organic Market founder survived a year of eating expired food

Scott Nash took it upon himself to demonstrate how much edible food American discard. For a year, he consumed food that was out of date, including tortillas that were far from fresh, yogurt that had seen several season pass and meat that needed a calendar to remember when it last saw green grass. Read more at Munchies

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