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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.

Whole Foods to eliminate plastic straws in stores by July

Whole Foods Market will remove all plastic straws from its U.S., U.K. and Canadian locations by July of 2019. The company is also making efforts to reduce plastic use in other areas, such as downsizing the plastic bags in the produce section and trading all hard plastic rotisserie chicken cases for bags that use 70% less plastic. Read more at Market Watch …

The battle over air quality near factory farms on Maryland’s eastern shore

The sights and smells of large-scale livestock production have destroyed the general quality of life for many a small town, but recent studies now show “consistent correlations between living near CAFOs and respiratory problems including asthma, and COPOD, as well as MRSA, hypertension, and other health problems.” The problem is that data for air quality in CAFO-heavy locales is few and far between—but several organizations are hoping to change that. Read more at Civil Eats …

Calories, carbs, fat, fiber: Unraveling the links between breast cancer and diet

News broke last week that a low-fat diet could be a potential way for women to reduce the risk of death from breast cancer. However, participants in the study were also advised to include more fruits and vegetables in their diets, in addition to reducing fat consumption. In light of this confounding variable, experts have concluded that the type of fat is what really matters for preventing disease and that fat content alone “does not determine whether a food is healthy or unhealthy." Read more at NPR …

RxBar co-founder Peter Rahal on when to sell your business and how to set the right price

Peter Rahal has stayed objective about the process of selling the RxBar brand to Kellogg’s for $600 million in 2017—not an easy feat for a founder who helped build the successful company from scratch. Here, he advises entrepreneurs on how to best go about determining the right price for their company, as well as who to include on the team throughout the sale. Read more at Inc. … 

Little Caesers to sell pizza with Impossible’s plant-based sausage

Little Caesers will be the first national pizza chain in the U.S. to offer consumers a vegan meat substitute as a topping. The company chose Impossible foods’ plant-based sausage and will test out the Impossible Supreme in three markets: Fort Myers, Florida; Albuquerque, New Mexico and Yakima, Washington. Read more at CNBC …

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