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[email protected]: WHO issues new advice on fat intake | Globalization drives demand for cold shipping

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.

Eat less saturated, trans fats to curb heart disease: WHO

The World Health Organization has issued new draft recommendations that suggest people get no more than 10 percent of their daily calories from saturated fat found in foods like butter, milk, coconut and meat, and no more than 1 percent from trans fats. Total fat consumption should also not exceed 30 percent of daily calories, the organization said. Its recommendations are based on scientific evidence that it says demonstrates that high levels of saturated and trans fat intake are associated with higher risk of cardiovascular diseases. It's now seeking public comment on the recommendations through June 1. Read more at Reuters... 

 

Cold shipping in hot demand as the world craves more fresh food

While shipping fresh foods across the world was previously reserved for large distributors that could afford to hire cargo ships with big refrigerated space, there are now refrigerated containers called reefers that allow shippers to monitor and control the amounts of carbon, oxygen and nitrogen inside, in order to keep food fresh for as much as a month. Demand for such refrigerated boxes has grown by 5 to 6 percent annually over the last five years as global demand for fresh products has increased, according to ship analyst Drewery. Read more at The Wall Street Journal…

 

Why The Vitamin Shoppe is launching 800 Instagram accounts

Each one of the struggling retailer’s 800 U.S. stores will run its own Instagram account in an effort to localize marketing efforts and show off the stores’ individual personalities. While some other big retailers like Whole Foods have many local social media accounts, other companies like Starbucks and McDonald’s have moved away from that model. Read more at DigiDay…

 

Demand for organic food grows strongly in Switzerland

Market share of organic products in Switzerland jumped from 4.6 percent to 9 percent in 2017, according to the country’s agriculture office, with especially strong adoption in eggs, vegetables and fresh bread. Read more at Swiss Info…

 

How brands are delivering DIY beauty

Clean beauty brands are encouraging consumers to personalize their skin care regimens and empowering them to blend their own products by offering kits, recipes, essential oils  and other hands-on products. Read more at PFSK…

 

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