Monsanto Claims Carbon Neutral by 2021

Monsanto Claims Carbon Neutral by 2021

International agricultural frankenfood company Monsanto recently announced their plans go carbon neutral by the year 2021. Monsanto hopes to make this plan a reality by utilizing a proprietary program for their seed and pesticide operations and working with farmers. If the initiative is successful, this could be a great day for the environment and a chance to show the rest of the world even big companies can become carbon neutral “Climate change is one of the biggest issues we face in agriculture, as well as one of the most pressing challenges facing humanity… That’s why we have pledged to do our part within our own business and to help support farmers and others. While progress has been made to reduce agriculture’s carbon footprint, we must work collectively to do even more if we are going to sustainably feed 9.6 billion people by 2050. Agriculture is uniquely positioned to deliver climate change solutions and we hope that policymakers recognize the role agriculture, farmers and crops can play in mitigating carbon emissions.” – Hugh Grant (not that Hugh Grant), Monsanto chairman and CEO. Monsanto plans on becoming carbon neutral with their GMO seeds by using a plethora of products that are sure to be good for the environment, otherwise they couldn’t plan on becoming carbon neutral. That would defeat the entire purpose after all. It’s good to see such a big company take a stance on such an important issue. Monsanto is also focusing on their crop protection business, aiming to be carbon neutral by the year 2021. To offset the remaining portion of its crop protection and other non-seed production work,...
AB InBev and SABMiller Finalized Their $107 Billion Deal

AB InBev and SABMiller Finalized Their $107 Billion Deal

AB InBev recently announced that they have came to an agreement with SABMiller to acquire the company for a reported $107 billion. This new business entity will be the largest beer producer in the history of the world. What this means for craft beer is still undetermined and remains to be seen, but this new company is basically a monopolization of the beer industry. They are now the Microsoft of brewing, before Microsoft had to help foster Apple that is. The brewing conglomerate will now be responsible for almost 33% of the world’s beer supply, and nearly all of the beer in the United States. Thankfully, this deal requires that SABMiller will have to relinquish their 58% interest and 50% interest in MillerCoors to Molson Coors for a reported $12 billion. This will make Molson Coors the full owners of Miller and all of its products outside of the United States, as well all the current products that the company offers within the United States. That means that Molson Coors will also own the Miller brand name, including Miller, Miller High Life, and Miller Light. The company is hoping that this overly generous part of the deal will be enough to make the government declare that they don’t have a monopoly on the United States beer market. By acquiring SABMiller, AB InBev hopes to expand their business in the African and Asian markets. It should be effortless to expand their reach in Africa, as SABMiller already does a large amount of business in the country. As for Asia, we’ll have to wait and see how the world’s largest beer...
Poll Shows UK Residents Encourage Youth to Pursue Engineering

Poll Shows UK Residents Encourage Youth to Pursue Engineering

A recent poll that was conducted by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers that polled 1000 UK citizens on which profession they would recommend a young person enter into. According to the poll results, more people in the UK would recommend that young people become engineers than bankers, accountants, doctors. That’s pretty impressive, considering a typical doctor’s salary Out of the four professions that people could choose from in the poll, engineering was the most popular answer coming in first with 86%. 80% thought doctor should be the profession that young people pursue. Accountants came in third place with 56%, and the least favorite answer was banker with just 36% These poll results indicate that engineering could be a career that’s on the rise. The UK faces a shortfall of 30K engineers each year in the education system. These poll results show that there is a demand for engineering, but whether or not more young people will be swayed towards the profession remains to be seen. With so many different fields of engineering, it’s a very diverse career to get into. There’s still a lot that needs doing in order to make sure the number of UK engineers continues to increase, including offering career device to young people and building stronger relationships between employers and schools. Another big step in the right direction would be to shift the focus in the educational system to focus strongly on Science Engineering Technology and Math. The results of the poll were made public just before the Institution of Mechanical Engineers releases it’s newest set of research entitled “Big Ideas in Engineering...
The Weitz Company Expands Their Food and Beverage Segment

The Weitz Company Expands Their Food and Beverage Segment

The full service design and construction firm The Weitz Company recently announced their plans for expanding their food and beverage market segment by welcoming Matthew Chang aboard as the company’s Food, Beverage and Consumer Product Goods Market Sector Leader. Matthew Chang steps into the position at The Weitz Company with over 12 years of prior experience in construction, procurement, engineering and design-build from years of professional expertise in a variety of industries including food, beverage and product goods. Chang’s new job at The Weitz Company will have him concentrate on creating new lucrative business opportunities, and working to develop and foster business relationships to come up with integrated project solutions. Having served as a Senior Project Manager during his career, Chang joins The Weitz Company with experience completing turnkey design-build projects ranging from $10 million to $200 million for multiple food and beverage manufacturing clients that include PepsiCo, ConAgra and McCormick & Company....
Lay’s Do us a Flavor Contest Winner Announced

Lay’s Do us a Flavor Contest Winner Announced

This is such a truly incredible day in the potato chip universe. One day we’ll look back on this day and tell people we were there, but they aren’t going to believe us. It’s just that big. Well maybe I’m blowing it out of proportion, but after all the millions of votes were carefully tallied, Lay’s revealed that a clear winner had emerged from their final four “Do us a Flavor” contest. The clear winner was Southern Biscuit and Gravy hands down. This year’s winning chip flavoring beat out the other three flavors, New York Reuben, Wavy West Coast Truffle Fries and Kettle Cooked Greektown Gyro for the top spot and honor of becoming the next big Lay’s chip flavor. When I tried all of these chips, I preferred the biscuit and gravy flavor as well, but I also really enjoyed the gyro flavor, because gyros are one of my favorite foods. The winner and creator of the Southern Biscuit and Gravy flavor is Hailey Green from Noblesville, Indiana. was taken by surprise when Nick Lachey showed up unannounced at her house on Tuesday of this week to let her know that she was the winner. Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees fame was also in a recent Bud Light ad for the popular “Down for Whatever” ad campaign that was kind of funny. It’s short and sweet so go check it out. If you watch videos on YouTube, you’ve probably seen the ad play before your video. Now Hailey gets the honor of her flavor remaining on store shelves nationwide, a reward in itself, but she’ll also receive a...
Ex Microsoft Engineer Receives MacArthur Foundation’s Genius Grant

Ex Microsoft Engineer Receives MacArthur Foundation’s Genius Grant

Patrick Awuah,  an engineer who was previously employed by Microsoft, was just awarded the MacArthur Foundation’s Genius Grant, one of the greatest honors anyone in the world can achieve. So now not only will he become a MacArthur Fellow, he’s also being awarded $625,000. Mr. Awuah, who is a Ghana native, founded the Ashesi University back in 2002, and school located in Ghana. The university features a curriculum rich in ethical principles, liberal arts and hands on skills for modern needs and opportunities in Africa. Although from Ghana, Mr. Awuah studied in the United States and began his professional career when he got hired on with Microsoft just after graduating. It was his time spent studying in the U.S. that made him realize just how different the educational system was from that of Ghana, and so that when the idea for the Asheshi University was formed. The Ashesi University places a deep importance on business development and STEM skills, as well as gender diversity and ethics. One of the more recent topics, women in engineering, is being tackled by the university, who aims to have just as many female students enrolled as males in its engineering program that started earlier in the fall of...
How to Clean a Heat Exchanger in 7 Steps

How to Clean a Heat Exchanger in 7 Steps

Cleaning a heat exchanger, also known as clean, test, and re-gasketing, is a process used to improve the heat exchange efficiency and extend the life of plate heat exchangers. While the process can be done in-house or by the manufacturer, often times it’s more cost effective to outsource the work to a heat exchanger repair center in your area. Here is how to clean a heat exchanger for sanitary purposes including food, beverage, & dairy processing. 1. Remove gaskets and spray down the plates Starting with a high-pressure wash and then finish the wash with a hand scrub to remove any product build up. This is an integral step in the process that directly relates to the increased efficiency of the heat exchanger after it’s done being cleaned.   2. Soak Plates Soak the plates in a non-abrasive chemical solution to completely remove any leftover build up. The chemical solution type will vary based on the actual product build up you are removing but there are a variety of different mixtures you can create from non-abrasive acids such as acrostic acid.   Step 3: Dye-Test Plates for Defects A custom dye spray gun can be applied using a fluorescent dye. After the plates are fully sprayed and dried they can be placed in a dark room and examined under a black light for any defects such as cracks, breaks, holes, etc. Finding these defects during the testing process will eliminate any cross contamination issues in future.   Step 4: Prepare the gasket grooves. Look for a rolled gasket groove throughout the evaluation process which will allow you to prevent re-gasketing. If you don’t...
Tri-Seal Presents the New Tri-Vin Wine Layered Liner

Tri-Seal Presents the New Tri-Vin Wine Layered Liner

A new innovation in wine packaging, the Tri-Seal Tri-Vin laminated aluminum foam/foil layered liner is now available worldwide. The new form of liner doesn’t hinder the aging of the wine and was designed to compliment drinkability and cut costs while moving in a more sustainable direction for Tekni-Plex, Inc. Before this innovation of the Tri-Seal Tri-Vin, most roll on pilfer proof wine tops utilized Tin/Sarran barrier liners. But the Tri-Seal Tri-Vin liner is a more cost effective and environmentally conscious solution that can easily replace the more expensive, less sustainable Tin/Sarran barrier liners. The new Tri-Seal Tri-Vin liners excels in the area of oxygen sensitivity that helps vinyards maintain the consumability window for drinkers in a more cost effective manner. The environmentally friendly side of Tri-Seal Tri-Vin comes from the materials used to manufacture the new liners. Since the Tri-Seal Tri-Vin doesn’t use halogen or chlorine in the creation process, the new liners are safe for both consumers and the environment. Tri-Seal has been a world leader in food and beverage packaging technology innovation for over 50 years, and the new Tri-Vin liners are just the latest creation in food and beverage packaging technology from Tri-Seal....
Jones Soda Co. is Brewing Something Wicked This Halloween

Jones Soda Co. is Brewing Something Wicked This Halloween

The Jones Soda Company, makers of fine handcrafted sodas in traditional and more unorthodox flavors like green apple, has announced that they’ll be brewing up something especially sinister for this Halloween season. This is nothing new for Jones Soda Co., the company has released Halloween inspired soft drinks in the past to celebrate the scare-filled holiday. The two new spooky flavors of Jones Soda are Lemon Drop Dead and Blood Orange, and they’ll both come in the Jones Soda Co. iconic long neck glass bottles. The labels and packaging material for the two spooky new sodas will be inspired by classic Hollywood monster movies from the earlier eras of film. The designs are sure to turn a head or two at this year’s scary Halloween block party and get everyone in the Halloween spirit. You can tell the people in charge at Jones Soda Co. really enjoy Halloween by the way they take extra special care to release celebratory seasonal flavors for the past few years now. It’s a really unique concept that I’d like to see other food and beverage companies experiment with. Often times breweries will release seasonal beers, but this is the first seasonal soda that I’ve ever come across, unless you count PepsiCo’s Mountain Dew Game Fuel. These upcoming spooky sodas will be available in the United States at Cost Plus World Market, Kum & Go, and many other independent retail stores across the...
GMO Food Under Fire

GMO Food Under Fire

Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs as they’re commonly called, are a point of much contention amongst consumers, but a vast majority of Americans are already eating them on a daily basis. Common items you find in your kitchen like soy milk, tofu, chocolate and even canola oil can be made from genetically modified ingredients. One of the biggest cash crops throughout the world are soybeans, and they are genetically modified across the world. That means items like tofu and soy sauce can contain GMOs. Nearly 90% of soybean crops are genetically modified, and soybeans are used to make lecithin, which is a key ingredient in a wide variety of different products. In Australia,  cotton and canola are both big cash crops that are also genetically modified. Now we all know what canola oil is used for, you may not think that you’ve been ingesting cotton, but you might want to think again. Cotton has oils in it that are used in most brands of vegetable oils. Many items that are imported are into the United States are often times much more likely to contain genetically modified ingredients, or be GMOs themselves like raw fruits and vegetables. Corn is another big genetically modified cash crop used in a lot of products around the world like chips and tortillas. Even potatoes can be GMOs, so that means before you order those fries you may want to think twice. Many genetically modified crops are designed to withstand 10 times the normal levels of herb and pesticides, which are known to be carcinogenic. If the plants are able to withstand that much more...

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