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5@5: Will Kraft Heinz get even bigger soon? | How businesses can lead in this uncertain time

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.

How Kraft Heinz plans to build a new global food giant

You may not know 3G Capital, a private equity firm overseen by Brazilian investors, but you may be hearing more about it soon. 3G bought Heinz in 2013 and Kraft in 2015, then merged the two. What 3G has created with the merger is a fast-paced environment where top performers are promoted quickly and underperformers are out even quicker. It's pushed the companies to make tough cost-cutting decisions—like closing an Oscar Mayer plant in Madison that once employed 4,000 people and was a staple in the company's history. And it's strategy for growing likely involves more big acquisitions: speculators say Mondelez or General Mills could be on the shopping list. Read more at Fortune...


What corporate social responsibility looks like during a Trump presidency

Here's how businesses can take a stand and bring about positive change throughout the uncertain years ahead. Read more at Fast Company...


Big Dairy wants plant-based milk to stop calling itself 'milk'

As plant milks continue to take market share from the dairy industry, the Defending Against Imitations and Replacements of Yogurt, Milk and Cheese to Promote Regular Intake of Dairy Everyday Act, sponsored by Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin, is taking aim at non-dairy products that call themselves milk. According to the (mouthful of a) bill, any non-dairy product that calls itself milk should be considered misbranded and subject to action by the FDA. Read more at Co.Exist...


Rush Medical Center project donates extra hospital food to homeless shelter

The Chicago hospital is running a project to donate the food left over from three of its kitchens and cafeterias to an organization that serves the homeless. In its first two weeks, the project and its volunteers delivered 623 healthy meals and 221 servin trays of rice, vegetables, eggs or salads. Read more at Chicago Tribune...


Organic food delivery firm launches new meat traceability software

UK food delivery company Goldhill Organics and its supplier Blackmore Vale Butchery are using new food traceability software called Followthisfood to provide customers with detailed information about the source and sustainability of their meat. Every cut of meat is tracked from the producer farm to delivery. Read more at The Herald...

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