5@5: Unilever names new CEO | Whole Foods launches DIY almond milk

5@5: Unilever names new CEO | Whole Foods launches DIY almond milk

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.

Unilever names new CEO as big brands regroup, tackling consumer shift

Unilever has appointed Alan Jope, who currently heads the company’s beauty and personal care division, as the replacement for longtime CEO Paul Polman. This move indicates a turning away from the slow-growth food category and toward the more lucrative category of personal care and beauty. Polman was notably a divisive figure, often riling up shareholders “by appearing to spend more time thinking about global sustainability issues than Unilever’s performance,” leading some to worry that this new shift in management will come with a corresponding shift in the company’s ethics.  Read more at The Wall Street Journal ...

 

DIY vegan almond milk machines arrive at Whole Foods

 

The NüMilk nut milk machine is making it possible for customers in select Whole Foods locations to obtain freshly made, organic almond milk. Being a raw product, NüMilk’s machine produces a beverage free from additives such as gums and emulsifiers that are rampant in many alternative milk brands. Read more at Live Kindly  …

 

Keyto raises $2.5M, launches crowdfunding campaign for ketogenic diet device

Ketogenic diet-adjacent company Keyto has raised $2.5 million and launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund its Keyto breath analyzer and the accompanying app. The breath analyzer is able to measure the amount of acetone in an exhale and then communicate that information to the app, which reports to users their current level of ketosis as well as specialized food and meal recommendations to help them reach their health goals. Read more at The Spoon 

 

How wellness influencers made Indian food a trend

Once a niche, “gut-busting” takeout option, now a trend that thousands of (mostly white and wealthy) health-centric Instagram accounts take pride in posting about—Indian food and Ayurvedic principles have become embedded in the mainstream. How did it all happen, and how can we best deal with topics of ownership and appropriation in this new trend? Read to find out. Read more at Bon Appetit …

 

Beyond bodega bites: This man wants more people to eat ‘vegan in the hood’

The creator of popular Instagram account How To Be Vegan in the Hood, Erick Castro, is a vegan foodie who is spreading the gospel of affordable health food. Castro grew up feeling lucky to have food on the table, and gave little thought to nutrition until thoughts about his future health caused him to make the switch to plant-based as a young adult. He began the account to prove that being vegan doesn’t mean giving up delicious food; in fact, it can open culinary doors you never knew existed. Read more at NPR …

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