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Ben & Jerry’s CEO Speaks Out Against Muslim Ban

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• Ben & Jerry’s stands for more than 420-inspired flavors. In response to the Trump administration’s revised executive order banning immigrants and refugees from six predominantly Muslim countries, CEO Jostein Solheim urges the ice cream brand’s fans to oppose that action. In a statement released on the brand’s official website, Solheim argues that “the proposed ban is a direct assault on the American values of inclusion and respect.”

• Famous person/food personality Chrissy Teigen revealed in a essay in Glamour magazine that she suffered from postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter, causing her to postpone the publication of her second, hotly anticipated cookbook. “This [book project] came at the height of my losing my appetite,” she wrote, “and the idea of having to test and taste recipes actually made me vomit.” Teigen’s 2016 book Cravings was the second-bestselling cookbook last year.

• The National Confectioners Association — aka an industry group representing giant candy brands like Hershey’s and Jelly Belly — is cozying up to the Trump White House by booking several events and meetings at Trump properties. As the Washington Post reports, in the coming months, the group will likely lobby lawmakers to roll back government sugar subsidies that hinder profits (“a victory on the sugar issue could save the industry $280 million annually”).

• Alexander Acosta, President Trump’s current choice for Department of Labor secretary, has a save-the-date in the mail for his Senate confirmation hearing: It’s set for March 15. Acosta, dean of Florida International University’s College of Law, was tapped as the nominee on February 16 after Trump’s first choice, fast-food CEO Andy Puzder, flamed out spectacularly and withdrew from consideration.

• The creators behind Mold, a digital platform that focuses on the future of food, have launched a Kickstarter campaign for their first-ever print publication. The first issue’s planned theme: Designing the Human Microbiome.

• Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is now a seafood baron (not really). But the Oscar-winner is the newest investor in a line of environmentally friendly frozen seafood.

• The New York Times offers its tips on how to drink wine.

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