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3.5.2019
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As Expo West Begins, Once Upon a Farm and General Mills Make Headlining Announcements


This week’s email is a day earlier than normal, and there will be no commentary today, as I am attending Natural Products Expo West. The convention center floor opens tomorrow, but today is the Hemp & CBD Summit and Climate Day.

I’ll be posting plenty of Instagram Stories from Expo West, so please follow me (@livingmaxwell) if you’re unable to attend the show.

In next week’s Organic Insider, I will have a full recap of what took place and key trends that I saw in Anaheim.

With gratitude,

Max Goldberg, Editor

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New Organic Products

New Organic Products

Oat Milk by RISE Brewing Co.

In a departure from its nitro coffee product, RISE Brewing Co. has smartly capitalized on the booming oat milk trend and will start shipping an organic version of this drink on May 31st.

Tea Soda by Teatulia

Served in Teatulia’s Tea Bar in Denver since 2012, these organic tea sodas will soon be available to consumers across the country. They come in four flavors – green, black, mint and lemongrass.

Salad Dressings by BRIANNA'S

BRIANNA’S, a brand known for its award-winning flavors, is now offering organic options. The company has five new organic salad dressings – rich poppy seed, French vinaigrette, red wine vinaigrette, honey ginger vinaigrette and mango vinaigrette

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This Week's News Items

Weekly News Summaries

First Course
Living Maxwell

Once Upon a Farm Becomes First Organic, Refrigerated Baby Food Approved for WIC

In a historic milestone, Once Upon a Farm has become the first refrigerated brand of organic baby food approved for Women, Infant, Children Program (WIC)-eligible families in West Virginia and Florida.

Capital Press

Judge: OTA's Organic Livestock Lawsuit Can Proceed

By Carol Ryan Dumas

A federal judge has decided that the Organic Trade Association's lawsuit against the USDA - over its withdrawal of the new organic livestock and poultry rule - can proceed.

Miami New Times

Miami Bans Glyphosate to Save Its Waters

By Jessica Lipscomb

In a bid to save its critically important Biscayne Bay, Miami has banned the super-toxic weedkiller glyphosate, something that other Florida cities have already done.

The Seattle Times

Amazon to Open Its Own Grocery Stores

By Matt Day

In a move that would expand the retail and technology giant’s grocery footprint beyond its Whole Foods chain, Amazon will open dozens of its own grocery stores in cities across the country.

Second Course
PR Newswire

General Mills Commits to 1M Regenerative Acres by 2030, Donates $650K to Kiss the Ground

General Mills continues to show incredible leadership in soil and biodiversity, as it has committed to advance regenerative agriculture practices on one million acres of farmland by 2030. The company also donated $650,000 to non-profit Kiss the Ground, which will support farmer training and coaching through Soil Health Academies.

CBC News

Beware: Genetically-Engineered CBD is Coming

By Nicole Mortillaro

Researchers at Cal-Berkeley believe that genetically-engineered cannabinoids, produced via synthetic biology, will be available to medical specialists within a year.  

Food Navigator

Kuli Kuli Closes $5M in Funding, Enters Moringa Ingredient Supplier Space

By Elizabeth Crawford

Moringa superfood company has raised $5M from Kellogg's venture capital fund eighteen94 capital and Griffith Foods, and it intends to enter the foodservice space as a supplier of this super-hot ingredient.

Third Course
Forbes

Suja Marches Forward to Become a Billion Dollar Brand

By Chloe Sorvino

A great profile of Suja and its CEO Jeff Church, as the company's investment in infrastructure gives it tremendous agility to roll out new products and expand into different categories.

Cision PRWeb

Walter Robb Invests in New Barn Organics

The former Co-CEO of Whole Foods has invested in and joined the board of New Barn Organics, a fast-growing, organic plant-based food company.

BusinessWire

Clif Bar Launches 'CLIF Second Responder Fund'

Clif Bar's CLIF Second Responder Fund, a fund that helps communities recover from natural disasters, will earmark its first $1.5 million to the Butte Humane Society, which was impacted by the California Camp Fire.  

FoodBev Media

Nestlé Introduces Nescafé Gold Organic

By Martin White

Responding to growing consumer demand for more health-conscious options, Nestlé has introduced Nescafé Gold Organic, its first organic instant coffee product in the UK.

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This Week's Quick Hits

Quick Hits

* A  judge dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought by University of Florida professor and Monsanto advocate Kevin Folta against a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter.


* Congrats to organic orange juice leader Uncle Matt’s for celebrating 20 years of business.


* Organic drinkable soup company ZÜPA NOMA has rebranded as Medlie.


* As Politico reported, the PR campaign for gene-edited foods has begun.


* In an email yesterday from Ashtanga yoga guru Eddie Stern, he will be opening up a new studio and vegan restaurant in Manhattan next year with Juice Press founder Marcus Antebi.


* After 11 years, Elizabeth Candelario has stepped down as president of Demeter USA. She will be very missed.


* My apologies to Tradin Organic for the misspelling of its name in last week’s newsletter. Hendrik Rabbie and his team are good friends of Organic Insider, and if you ever have any organic ingredient needs, be sure to send them an email.


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