What we are reading and listening to this week:
General Mills Claims to Sell a 'First of Its Kind' Product That Has Been Eaten by Native Americans for Hundreds of Years, Entrepreneur
Epic Provisions has found success selling bars made of buffalo meat and dried fruit as a high-protein snack -- a food enjoyed by Native Americans throughout history -- but it's a success story built on cultural appropriation and privilege. Native Americans have eaten a mix of dried meats, nuts and fruits for hundreds of years -- some tribes call it wasna, others pemmican. But Epic Provisions, an Austin, Texas-based food company now owned by General Mills, doesn't acknowledge this history. On top of that, the product they claim to have created had already been packaged into bar form by a South Dakota-based certified B-corp food business called Tanka.
Amazon Suppliers Panic Amid Purge Aimed At Boosting Profits, Seattle Times
Amazon has abruptly stopped buying products from many of its wholesalers, sowing panic.The company is encouraging vendors to instead sell directly to consumers on its marketplace. Amazon makes more money that way by offloading the cost of purchasing, storing and shipping products. Meanwhile, Amazon can charge suppliers for these services and take a commission on each transaction, which is much less risky than buying goods outright.
Plant-based Innovation Alive and Thriving At Expo West, Food Business News
Plant-based food and beverage sales in the past year exceeded $3.7 billion in the United States, rising 17% over the prior year, according to data from the Good Food Institute. Driving the market for meat, dairy and egg replacements are products positioned not for vegans or vegetarians but for the mainstream population, said Caroline Bushnell, associate director of corporate engagement at the Washington-based Good Food Institute.
Gottlieb's Resignation From FDA Thrusts Uncertainty Into Food, CBD Regulations, Food Dive
When Gottlieb’s surprise regulation was announced, media outlets started writing stories that addressed the things he’d championed and brought forward in his tenure. Perhaps not surprisingly, almost none of them made any mention of his work in the food sector, focusing instead on drug prices, vaping and opioids. It drives home just how much the FDA oversees — though it glosses over how active Gottlieb was in food regulations and safety.
Episode 74 Lisa Curtis: From the Peace Corps to Moringa, Why Food? Podcast
Lisa is the Founder and CEO of @kulikulifoods, the leading brand pioneering the superfood moringa in the US market. She founded the company after working as a Peace Corps volunteer. Since then, she has grown her Peace Corps dream into a multi-million dollar social enterprise with products being sold in over 7,000 stores. Prior to Kuli Kili, Lisa served as the Communications Director of Mosaic, wrote political briefings for President Obama, served as a United National Environment Programme Youth Advisor and worked at an impact investment firm in India.