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5@5: Ugly produce movement sprouts | Eco-friendly packaging a must for conscious brands

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.

Food industry goes beyond looks to fight waste

“Cosmetically challenged” produce is finding new life in grocery stores as a number of factors move retailers to focus less on aesthetics and more on cutting waste. Here, The New York Times covers the sprouting of the ugly produce movement. Read more at The New York Times…


Skin care packaging puts the environment first

Conscious brand Goddess Garden, which makes natural and organic skin care products, says environmental considerations come first when it’s choosing its packaging—like selecting recycled and recyclable content that requires low upfront energy consumption during manufacturing. Read more at Packaging World…


Holly’s Oatmeal: Former restaurant owner finds her product in high demand

Holly DiMauro sold her café and restaurants to focus on selling her most popular menu item direct to consumer: specialty oatmeal. Specialty and health food stores helped her business get off the ground, followed by an appearance on QVC. But not everything has been easy. Read more at Hartford Courant…


Mrs. Green’s Natural Markets close locations

The New York-based chain is apparently rolling back its expansion plans, closing four stores and focusing on the northeast market. Read more at Chappaqua Patch…


Restaurants have pain on the menu

Sales at U.S. restaurants are growing at the slowest pace since December 2009. Why? A drop in grocery prices, plus convenient and affordable meal kit and foodservice options, are likely culprits. Read more at Bloomberg Gadfly…

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