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5@5: Top states for organic | More food and beverage M&A to come?

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.

Report: U.S. organic farmland hits record 4.1 million acres in 2016

We know that California produces the most organic food, but some unlikely contenders round out the top five when it comes to acreage. Montana, for one, saw a 30 percent uptick in organic farmland between 2014 and 2016, according to the new Mercaris Organic Acreage Report. Read more at Non-GMO Report...


What M&A trends say about the future of food and beverage

The food and beverage industry is still ripe for M&A activity, according to a recent report from SDR Ventures. The firm notes spices and sauces, energy drinks and ag tech as sectors to watch. Read more at Food Dive...


VT farmers rally for soil-only organic label

As the debate surges over whether hydroponically grown food should be allowed to bear the USDA organic seal, a groups of activists who disapprove of such a move, including U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy and Rep. Peter Welch, gathered in Vermont. The National Organic Standards Board is expected to review a proposal to prohibit organic certification of hydroponic producers later this month. Read more at Burlington Free Press...


4 ways to meet consumers' varying foodservice needs

Customizable is key for millennials and Gen Z, so foodservice offerings that include DIY toppings, bowls or combos could provide opportunities for retailers. Read more at CSP...


Briarcliff customers wonder why shelves are empty at Mrs. Green's

Customers are worrying about the state of the natural foods chain in the Northeast, but store staff say "vendor issues"--not financial issues or potential store closings--are keeping product off the shelf. Read more at Briarcliff Daily Voice...

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