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5@5: Unilever considers selling struggling tea business | France bans controversial egg and poultry practice

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.

Maker of Lipton cools on tea

Unilever may sell off its Lipton, Brook Bond and PG Tips tea brands after trying to ingnite growth into these businesses for a decade. U.S. and European consumers are purchasing other beverages, and when they do choose tea "it is increasingly herbal or fruit-infused." Read more at The Wall Street Journal

France to ban mass shredding of live chicks

France is set to become the second country to ban the mass killing of live male chicks, a practice known as "culling." However, more research and technological development is needed before farmers can obtain an alternative method that will allow them to determine the sex of a chick while it is still an embryo. Read more at CNN

Trader Joe's now carries its own plant-based burgers

Trader Joe's this week released Trader Joe's Protein Patties, which uses beets and pea protein (sound familiar?) to mimic the taste and texture of real meat. It is being offered at a lower price point than its biggest competitor, the Beyond Burger. Read more at Food & Wine

Texas A&M, Harvard scientists feud over controversial red and processed meat study

The drama from the Texas A&M University red meat study that was criticized by nutrition experts and Harvard University faculty members for selling out to industry interests hasn't gone away just yet. A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp recently wrote an open letter calling for an ethics review of the Harvard professors who responded to the study. However, the study's results are still considered by many to be oversimplified and based on weak science. Read more at Texas Public Radio

Doula-founded natural beauty brands are becoming increasingly trendy

More than a few prominent doulas and midwives have launched clean beauty brands over the past few months, and their naturally potent and simple ingredients are appealing to a wide array of consumers–not just moms-to-be. But most say that the conversations they have regularly with pregnant clients regarding potentially hazardous personal care chemicals largely influence the product lines. Read more at Fashionista

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