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...
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...
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....
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...
Chiptole Mexican Grill Slammed With GMO Lawsuit

Chiptole Mexican Grill Slammed With GMO Lawsuit

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., a super trendy Mexican quick serve restaurant (QSR), is currently under legal fire for their claim regarding genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Recently the company has been making the claim that they don’t use any GMOs for any of their menu items, and while plenty of people are in favor of this step toward natural food, you can’t please all the people all the time. During the last week of August, Kaplan Fox and Kilsheimer LLP filed a class action lawsuit targeting Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. The suit was filed on the behalf of California customers who purchased food from the chain since April 27, around the time the claims regarding GMOs first started being made. The suit claims that Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.’s advertising and marketing campaign that states every item on the company’s menu is made without the use of genetically modified ingredients is deliberately misleading consumers. The law firm says that many of the items on Chipotle’s menu were produced using GMOs. So far, representatives from Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. have declined to comment on the issue, but they do plan to fight back against these allegations. However Chipotle’s website contains carefully placed disclaimers that the softd drinks they offer are made using corn syrup, which health conscious consumers should already know anyway. The disclaimers continue, with claims acknowledging that the meat the company uses meat that isn’t genetically modified, but the animals that the meat comes from are fed with GMO feeds....
Edible Active Coatings Increase Shelf Life of Strawberries

Edible Active Coatings Increase Shelf Life of Strawberries

There may be a new way to improve the shelf life of Strawberries thanks to a new advancement in edible food varnish. It’s a feat of food engineering that Clark Griswold would surely appreciate. Strawberries are a very important fruit when it comes to the economy of the world, but they’re also one of the easiest fruits to bruise and they tend to spoil a bit quicker than most fruits. A recent study was published by the Institute of Food Technologists in the Journal of Food Science which concluded that the use of edible active coatings can increase the shelf life and quality of strawberries when applied to the fruit’s exterior. The edible active coatings are made from pullulan, pectin and chitosan, and are perfectly fine for human consumption. The edible coatings can be applied to more than just fruit, and they work to protect food from the outside in by preventing food from spoiling for longer periods of time. Once the coating is applied, it acts as a shield that protects the food items. Pectin is already found in the cell walls of most fruits and vegetables, so we’ve already been consuming it for years. Chitosan is commonly found in the shells of crustaceans and is noted to have anti fungal properties which is important for increasing the product’s shelf life. The study shows that edible active coatings, when combined with potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate, helped to prevent microbial growth and softening. The study concluded the the edible active coatings increased the shelf life of strawberries to 15 days, while untreated strawberries showed signs of spoiling within...
Astronauts Eat Space Lettuce for the First Time

Astronauts Eat Space Lettuce for the First Time

If you’ve ever dreamed of exploring space as a kid, I bet your fantasy never included dining on  extraterrestrial vegetables. Well sometimes the reality can be stranger than fiction, just ask the NASA astronauts aboard the international space station who were the first humans to ever eat lettuce that was cultivated in outer space. The “space lettuce” is being referred to as experiment Veg-01, and was grown with the help of NASA’s plant growth system technology which was created by the Orbital Technologies Corp in order to create a sustainable food source in outer space. The company plans to start using this technology on other spacecrafts in the future. Growing plants, fruits and other food is essential to exploring space any further that we can right now due to current limitations related, but not limited to food issues. If we can apply this technology to any future explorations astronauts will have food capable of providing the key vitamins and minerals that the human body requires. The lettuce was successfully able to grow because the seeds were embedded in rooting pillows, and then hydrated with water on July 8th. The “space lettuce” took around 33 days before the crop was actually harvested. Check out the reactions from the astronauts in this reaction video that was recorded on Monday. It’s pretty incredible the things we are capable of accomplishing as a race, and I can’t wait to see what’s next for space travel and food...
Starbucks and Pepsi Take Latin America

Starbucks and Pepsi Take Latin America

Starbucks and Pepsi recently announced that they are partnering together in order to offer Starbucks coffee and energy drinks in the Latin American markets. The RTD coffee and energy beverage categories in Latin America makes around $4B and is estimated to grow up to 22% over the next five years. Some of the new Starbucks products to be sold include Double Shot Espresso and Cream, Frappucino, and Starbucks Refreshers. These product offerings will be up for purchase in select Latin American markets starting in 2016, and will expand into the rest of Latin American markets in the future. This new partnership is one of the greatest joint ventures of all time in the beverage industry. The new partnership marks 20 years of working together in a location where coffee is very much part of the...

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