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5@5: Trump wants to aid farmers | Congress, farmers and climate change

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.

Trump defends his latest China tariffs with an eye on the 2020 election

President Donald Trump suggested via Twitter that he would use proceeds from tariffs on Chinese goods to purchase American agricultural products, which he would then ship to countries that need humanitarian assistance. However, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that Trump is overestimating customs revenue by about 25%. Read more at CNBC.com

5 ways Congress can support farmers to mitigate climate change

Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Democrat from Maine, own an organic farm and sits on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture. Pointing out that the current Congress has conducted hearings on climate change, Pingree argues that food producers need to participate in the climate change conversation, then shares how Congress can help. Read more at Civil Eats

Eat mor ‘chikin’: Atlanta-based Chick-Fil-A looks at vegan menu options

Could vegans and vegetarians find filling meals at Chick-Fil-A? The company has been looking at vegan menu items and meat substitutes for a while. But don’t place your order just yet: The idea has just reached the second of the fast-food company’s five steps from being an idea to hitting the stores. Read more at Business Insider

Big vegan brands snag loyal customers in undergrad

Beyond Meat, Impossible Burger and other vegan food companies are trying to capture Generation Z customers even before they have to pay their own grocery bills. By offering their products via college meal plans, these new food producers hope to create lifelong customers. Read more at Bloomberg

Condiments are hot again, thanks to millennials and their penchant for sauces

Conagra Brands is taking its battle for the condiment kingdom to natural foods enthusiasts. The Chicago, Illinois-based company is getting ready to release all-natural ketchup, barbecue and hot sauces. Not surprisingly these days, millennials—and their love of bold flavors—are driving Conagra, KraftHeinz and other companies to reexamine their sauce offerings. Read more at The Seattle Times

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