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5@5: Whole Foods online sales triple | Walmart partners with food waste startup

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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 online sales tripled last quarter

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey believes that, while online sales have skyrocketd for the company over the past few months, consumers will largely be ready to come back to stores once the pandemic subsides. But the convenience factor will retain more shoppers than had previously used online services, Mackey predicts. He also notes that Whole Foods would likely not have been able to fulfill the demand for online ordering without the backing of parent company Amazon. Watch the full video, and find out which categories exploded for the company over the past few months, at Bloomberg

 

Startup Apeel is launching ‘plastic-free’ cucumbers at Walmart to cut back on waste

"Plastic-free" cucumbers will be hitting the shelves of Walmart thanks to a new partnership with food waste startup Apeel Sciences. The cucumbers will be coated in an edible substance that extends the shelf life of the cucumbers by keeping moisture in the cucumber and oxygen out. This year Apeel closed a $250 million round of funding which gave it a valuation of over $1 billion. Fortune has the scoop

 

Design of South Dakota meatpacking plant contributed to high number of COVID-19 cases, CDC says

Workplace layouts are top of mind in most industries readying their workers to return to offices and storefronts nationwide, and now the CDC has released a report noting that meatpacking plants wherein workers were within six feet of each other had the highest rates of COVID-19 infections than those that enforced social distancing measures. The hourly workers on the production line, in these cases, did not have control over their proximity to their colleagues, while salaried workers were able to transform their workspaces so as to not contract the deadly virus. View the CDC's accompanying infographics at The Counter...

 

Shifting to plant-based plastic is a start—but it can’t be the only solution to plastic waste

Will plant-based alternatives to plastic products save the world from climate catastrophe? The answer is more nuanced than many realize. To have enough fruits and vegetables to feed everyone and create biomaterials, it's likely that land will eventually have to be taken away from livestock operations. And plant-based innovations need to occur alongside other necessary evolutions, including circular economies and sustainable harvesting methods. Learn more at Fast Company...

 

CAULIPOWER responds to shifts in frozen food industry caused by COVID-19 with idea to create a 'freezerator'

Gluten-free cauliflower crust pizza company CAULIPOWER has revealed new research showing that the vast majority of U.S. households are running out of freezer space as purchases of frozen foods skyrocketed since the pandemic began. As a result, the brand envisions that a "freezerator" will be the appliance of the future, given that frozen food purchasing behavior is expected to remain high due to its convenience and high nutritional value. Check out the "freezerator" diagram at Forbes and be sure to attend the Spark Change Modern Health Lunch and Learn all about reframing the value of frozen foods on Sept. 30...

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